Nixtamalization is the process of cooking corn in calcium hydroxide or lime. The nutritional benefits of nixtamalized corn are intimately linked to the processing of corn with calcium hydroxide.
The Aztecs became aware of the effect of lime on corn by merely paying attention to how their bodies responded after eating corn that had been ground in limestone. This corn did not cause digestive problems and gave them energy and spiritual alertness.
Hundreds of years later scientists discovered that lime releases niacin in corn, an essential amino acid. As a result, nixtamalized corn can reduce bad cholesterol, increase good cholesterol and contributes to the optimal functioning of other body processes such as digestion, cellular repair, and elimination of toxins. Niacin also seems to reduce the level of triglycerides in the blood. The chemical process in nixtamalized corn also reduces zein protein in the body, helping create a balance between the essential amino acids.
Also, natural corn possesses these nutrients:
- Vitamin B1 – Processes carbohydrates.
- Vitamin B5 – Improves physiological function.
- Folate – Promotes the production of new cells, particularly during pregnancy.
- Vitamin C – Helps fight illnesses like the common cold.
- Fiber – Reduces cholesterol and risk of colon cancer.
These benefits are possible because of corn’s ability to absorb minerals during the nixtamalization process. This process can increase the absorption of calcium, iron, copper, and zinc.
What Nixtamal is not
Nixtamal is not corn flour mixed with wheat flour. Our dough is 100% made of corn.
We don’t use additives in any of our products. As a result, you can enjoy a tortilla that is 100% natural, non-GMO, without preservatives, lard, vegetable shortening, gluten or salt.
In short, our natural corn tortillas are delicious and very nutritious!