Sorry Monsanto: Demand for Suntava non-GMO purple corn May Soon Explode
Suntava has come up with another important contribution to the importance of good nutrition and health: a high-maltose purple corn nectar. Though purple corn has been around for over 2,000 years, when people living in the Peruvian Andes raised and harvested it, now it’s available to the 21st century consumer.
Purple corn contains a variety of phytonutrients (plant nutrients) including massive amounts of phenolics and anthocyanins. Research shows that crops with the highest phenolic and anthocyanin content also have the highest antioxidant activity.
Anthocyaninins are a type of complex flavonoid that produces blue, purple or red colors. Anthocyaninins are anti-inflammatory and encourage connective tissue regeneration. As well as being powerful antioxidants that keep us looking young and protected from disease, they promote blood flow and reduce cholesterol.
The mean anthocyanin content of whole, fresh purple corn from Peru was 16.4 mg/g, compared to the 1.3 to 3.8 mg/g range found in blueberries according to research from the Horticulture Department of Texas A&M University in Texas. The antioxidant capacity and anti-radical action were more than twice that measured in blueberries. (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, May, 2003)
“The rich purple color of the syrup comes from the high levels of anthocyanins, polyphenols, and antioxidants in the corn,” said Bill Petrich, Suntava CEO. Derived from ancient strains of Andean maize, Suntava Purple Corn has brought an updated version of this old world grain into today. And among its most rewarding characteristics is that it contains twice the antioxidant power of blueberries, trumping other supergrains in its category.
Petrich says that these better-for-you ingredients are a sign of the changing marketplace, and good news for consumers. “For too long, nutrition has been bred out of our food, and artificial additives ruled. Suntava is proud to be part of the movement to cultivate foods that are naturally fortified, from seed to table.”
It is also Non-GMO Project verified. The kernels received verification in 2013, and the milled products are in process.
“We have about six to twelve growers of our purple corn in the Midwest, and the number is rising,” Petrich said. “We’re working with growers in Canada, California, and Pennsylvania to test how the corn does in different regions. As far as protection from GMO contamination, it’s an ongoing battle, we are always checking.”
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