Sangati Jogwar

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  • Blue corn is rich in a lot of nutrients like carbohydrates, protein, iron, magnesium, zinc, and more.
  • It is widely used in Mexican cuisine.

Indians are well aware of their local corn and sweet corn. But blue corn? It is not much discussed or found in the country. However, for those who are health conscious, want to include healthy items in their daily diet, and also are looking for some variety in taste and texture, exotic blue corn can be a new introduction.

What is blue corn?

It is a large grain prominently found in Peru and South America. Rich in a lot of nutrients like carbohydrates, protein, iron, magnesium, zinc, and Vitamin B6, blue corn is also called Hopi Maize. It is widely used in Mexican cuisine. Although sweet you cannot eat it roasted like other corn varieties and is used in cuisines only in its beaten form.

Health benefits of blue corn

Delaying ageing process

Several factors like a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, alcohol addiction, and stress can lead to premature ageing. Research shows that blue corn has stress-busting properties and hence helps a person live a stress-free life thereby delaying the ageing process.

Improves the health of the eyes

Blue corn is packed with two important antioxidants-zeaxanthin and lutein. These antioxidants are extremely good for the health of the eyes and reduce the risk of developing eye issues like cataracts and macular degeneration.

Helpful in improving kidney function

The extract of blue corn prevents hardening of the blood vessels of the kidneys. This is a process called glomerulosclerosis that is usually found in diabetic patients. The inclusion of blue corn in your diet cuts down the chances of such problems in the kidneys.

Low in carbohydrate content

Even though it is sweet to taste, it is very low in carbohydrates and hence is an ideal food for those trying to lose weight or have blood sugar issues.

Promotes blood pressure regulation

A study conducted in 2007 showed that the anthocyanins present in blue corn help to lower blood pressure and make blood pressure regulation easier.