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April 28th, 2010 at 9:06 am

‘Corn Smut’ – Revolting Fungus That Could Make You Younger and Healthier

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“The devil’s corn”

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This looks like an alien parasite, or maybe an evil brain, but it’s actually a fungus that attacks corn. U.S. farmers call it “corn smut” and have spent millions to eradicate it. But it’s actually better for you than corn.

 

A new study, released in the journal Food Chemistry reveal that corn smut, also called “the devil’s corn,” actually contains valuable nutrients that aren’t found in the corn that it feeds off. In Mexico, the fungus is called huitlacoche, and it’s already considered a delicacy. But U.S. farmers, and the U.S. government, have spent millions of dollars to eradicate the blight and develop “smut-resistant strains” of corn.

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