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Health Benefits of Maize

Each whole grain offers different nutrients, and in the case of corn, its high point is Vitamin A – with more than 10 times that of other grains. Recent research shows that corn is also high in antioxidants and carotenoids that are associated with eye health, such as lutein and zeaxanthin. As a gluten-free grain, corn is a key ingredient in many gluten-free foods.


In many traditional cultures, corn is eaten with beans, as they have complementary amino acids that work together to provide complete proteins. In Central and South America, corn is often nixtamalized for better health – soaked in an alkaline solution (often lime-water) – then drained and made into masa flour, tortillas and other foods. The nixtamalization process makes many of the corn kernels B vitamins hugely more bioavailable, while also adding calcium.

Fun Facts about Maize
  • Corn grows so quickly and thickly that it is especially suited to corn mazes

  • The average ear of corn has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows

  • There is one piece of silk for each kernel

  • A bushel of corn contains about 27,000 kernels

  • Each tassel on a corn plant releases as many as 5 million grains of pollen

  • Corn is an ingredient in more than 3,000 grocery products

  • One bushel of corn can make 33 pounds of sweetener, 32 pounds of starch, or 2 ½ gallons of ethanol fuel

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