Why it's safe: Lots of pesticides are used on corn, but most are removed with the shuck. Still, Benbrook says, we get some exposure to "systemic pesticides" —those that are applied to the soil and get into a plant through its root and vascular system.
Why it's healthy: Corn contains B vitamins that are important for the function of most systems in the body, Rodriguez says. It also has fiber and iron, which is essential for delivering oxygen to cells, she says. One more bonus, adds Blatner: Its phosphorus is good for bone and tooth health.