It’s likely you’ve seen purple corn on display as part of a centerpiece around fall decorating and harvest décor, but may not have realized all the nutritional properties and health benefits associated with eating purple corn. Purple corn is quickly emerging as nature’s new super food, boasting twice the number of antioxidants found in blueberries and pomegranate juice.
A Little Background on Purple Corn
Purple corn dates back in history more than 2,000 years, where it was a popular food staple in ancient civilizations, including the Mayans, Incas and Aztecs. In modern history, purple corn has been widely grown and harvested in the Andean region of South America—primarily Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina.
Also known as Purple maize, purple corn is botanically identical to regular table corn, but appears deep purple color due to its high phenolic content and anthocyanins. Research suggests that purple corn is one of nature’s richest sources of health-enhancing anthocyanins and polyphenols.
What is an Anthocyanin?
Anthocyanins are water-soluble plant pigments responsible for the blue, purple, and red color of many plant tissues. Anthocyanins are believed to play a major role in both plant pollination and seed dispersal.
Additionally, anthocyanins have been shown to be one of nature’s strongest antioxidants, offering an array of health benefits. North American Indians, Europeans and the Chinese used anthocyanins in traditional herbal medicines.
Health Benefits of Purple Corn
The gold standard in measuring antioxidant levels in foods is called the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity or ORAC for short. According to ORAC, HealthyFlour.com purple corn products are nature’s healthiest, highest antioxidant purple corn. HealthyFlour.com purple corn products deliver 15-20% more of the 8 essential amino acids as those found in yellow corn.
Anthocyanins found in HealthyFlour.com purple corn products provide great health benefits and improvement for:
- Heart Health
- Colon Health
- Blood Sugar Levels
- Brain Health
- Vision Health
- Anti-Obesity/Weight Management
- Antioxidant Defense System
- Inflammatory Response
Ways to Enjoy Purple Corn
HealthyFlour.com purple corn products can be used in a variety of applications. Our Organic Sprouted Purple Corn can be ground to make purple corn grits or purple corn meal. Our Organic Purple Corn Flour can be used to make delicious tortillas, pizza crust, gluten-free pasta and more.
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