Heard Of These Coloured Corns From North East?

We have spent many years eating that yellow corn but have you heard of coloured corn? Probably not! Let us tell you that they do exist and are known to be super healthy. Unlike regular corns, these corns are in blue, red, purple and black colours. If some food historians are to be believed, these corns have been cultivated for over 3000 years and were an essential part of the food system for the Aztecs in the ancient time.  

Locally known as Mim ban which means sticky corn, these coloured corns are said to be widely grown in Mizoram. But do you know what contributes to its distinct colour? It is actually the presence of high phenolic content and anthocyanins. These corns have a slightly different taste from regular yellow corns. They have a nutty and sweet flavour and are considered superfoods. Let us have a look at the health benefits of coloured corns that we must know: 

High in protein 

The red-coloured corns have a high content of protein. It has been reported by some studies that they have 20 percent more protein than yellow corn. Isn’t it embarrassing that we were unaware of this?

High in antioxidants 

Some studies have claimed that purple-coloured corns are loaded with nutrients. They carry much higher nutrients and antioxidants as compared to the corn that we generally eat.  

Beneficial for eyes and brain 

Though corn has several health benefits, these coloured corns are a step forward. The coloured corns have given the best results in improving the nervous system as well as lowering blood pressure. Apart from this, its consumption is also said to be helpful in improving eyesight.  

Has anti-ageing properties 

Since we told you that coloured corns have anthocyanin, they are also considered beneficial for anti-ageing. If a renowned study of Japan is to be believed, coloured corns have one of the most powerful antioxidants which can do wonders.  

These coloured corns may not be as famous as the white or yellow corns but they have quite a popularity in South American countries. In America, these coloured corns are converted into varieties of popcorn, packed chips, flours and corn on the cob dishes. We Indians need not travel that far to get these coloured corns as we can get them in the North East. So, next time, don’t forget to get your hands on these lesser-known superfoods! 

Let us know if you have tried them!