Blue corn is a variety of flint corn originally grown in Mexico. It was developed by the Hopi, the Pueblo Indians of the Rio Grande in New Mexico, and several southeastern U.S. tribes. Blue cornmeal is made from ground blue corn and is a staple in many indigenous dishes. It boasts several health benefits and has been used for thousands of years in food and Native ceremonies.
SweetGrass proudly offers Bow & Arrow blue cornmeal from the Ute Mountain Ute tribe in Colorado. We also offer a Sakari Botanicals blue corn facial mask that gently cleanses the skin while removing dead skin cells and leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturized. Heirloom blue corn has several health and beauty benefits, highlighted below.
Anthocyanins are the pigments that give blue corn its color. They are also high in antioxidants that contain anti-inflammatory properties, aiding the body in fighting against cardiac and metabolic diseases.
Blue corn is much easier to digest than yellow corn because it contains less indigestible starch. This means it is easier for enzymes in the body to break down blue corn, aiding in digestion and making it easier for nutrients to be absorbed in the body.
High protein content and a lower glycemic index
Blue corn has a 20 percent higher protein content than yellow corn. This can help reduce appetite and hunger levels, helping you to feel fuller for a longer period of time. The high protein content is also good for your bones and increases muscle mass and strength. In addition, blue corn has a lower glycemic index than yellow corn, making it a good option for those prone to sugar spikes and crashes.
Packed with nutrients
Finally, blue corn is packed with nutrients such as potassium and calcium. A potassium-rich diet is linked to a lower blood pressure and potential protection against strokes. Calcium is vital for your heart, muscles and nerves to function properly and can help you build and maintain strong bones.
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