BLUE OR PURPLE CORN - A SPECIAL FOOD FOR DEVELOPMENT
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© October 2018, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
History. Blue or purple corn is an ancient and sacred type of corn that comes originally from central Mexico. Today, it is grown in several nations, including the United States.
Blue corn is a hybrid variety of purple corn that is not quite as good for development as the purple type. If you can obtain purple corn products, they are somewhat better.
Hybridization. So far, purple corn is not too hybridized or modified genetically, as are white corn, in particular, and yellow corn. Many corn allergies involve the hybrids, so some people who do not tolerate corn products well can eat purple corn.
Gluten-free. Corn is gluten-free or very low in gluten, so it can be tolerated by many people who are sensitive to gluten.
PURPLE CORN AND DEVELOPMENT
We highly recommend purple corn for everyone who is on a development program because it contains a number of chemical compounds needed for Development. Some are selenium compounds, and there are many others, I am told by our medical team.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PURPLE CORN FOR DEVELOPMENT CANNOT BE EMPHASIZED ENOUGH. It works well, and we cannot substitute other foods for it.
FOOD PRODUCTS MADE OF PURPLE CORN
PURPLE OR BLUE CORN CHIPS
These work well and require no preparation. They can be part of a meal, not just a snack.
Recommended brands. The best brands of blue or purple corn chips we have found include Xochitl in the USA. These are made in Texas, USA.
Other good brands at this time include Simple Truth and Tostitos. These are found in some American supermarkets. Simple Truth brand is only found in markets owned by the Kroger company.
Late July brand is also good. In the past, this website recommended against this brand, but the problem with them was corrected (as of October 2018).
Baked purple corn chips may be available in some locations. These chips have much less or no oil in them. However, the oil in a chip serves a function. It appears to seal in certain nutrients. As a result, we don’t recommend baked purple or blue corn chips.
PURPLE CORN CEREAL
We had a recipe for cereal, but it is not working well enough yet.
PURPLE CORN TORTILLAS
The recipe to make purple corn tortillas is:
1. Buy purple corn kernels.
2. Grind the kernels, as though you will make a cereal. No soaking is needed.
3. Add water to the grain, but only about a 2:1 ratio of water to grain. Some experimentation will show you the exact proportions to use.
4. If you wish, add about 1 Paramin tablet for each cup of grain. This is similar to adding lime to the corn.
5. Mix well to form masa or the tortilla dough.
6. Form a small amount of masa into the shape of a ball and use a tortilla maker or tortilla press to shape the ball into a thin, round pancake.
7. Cook in a skillet or frying pan on high heat for about 1-2 minutes on each side. Usually, no oil is required. They could also be baked in the oven for about 20 minutes.
Problems with corn chips. These include rancidity of the oil, staleness, toxicity of the refined oil, and poor quality and too much salt. All corn products have a high glycemic index and this can cause the blood sugar level to fluctuate more than some other foods if one eats this product.
Several clients report that eating purple corn chips flares up their candida albicans or yeast problems. Eating them causes a lot of mucus buildup or other symptoms.
This problem disappears as one’s health improves on a complete development program. In the meantime, you may have to skip the purple corn chips completely, or eat just a few, plain, alone as a snack.
Allergies or intolerance to corn. Some people cannot tolerate corn products. Here are a few comments on this problem:
- Purple corn is often much better tolerated than white or yellow corn.
- As one’s health improves, most often one will be able to tolerate the purple corn chips.
- Taking a digestive enzyme, eating just a few purple corn chips at a time, and eating them alone may also help if food allergies are a problem.
A common cause for food intolerance is a “leaky gut”. This simply means that the inner lining of the small intestine is irritated and too permeable, as a result. This allows some undigested or partially digested food components and perhaps toxic chemicals to be absorbed into the blood stream, causing adverse reactions.
The solution is to rebuild the small intestine. This occurs automatically with a development program. No special food or supplements are needed. However, one must eat a lot of well-cooked vegetables and, in our experience, one must avoid wheat, most raw food including salads, all fruit and sweets, and most food chemicals.
OTHER PURPLE CORN PRODUCTS
Dippers and taco shells. These are basically the same as the tortilla chips.
Purple corn pozole. Pozole is a Mexican dish in which one cooks the entire corn kernel until it is a chewy consistency. They usually eat it in a soup.
We cannot recommend purple corn pozole. The reason is that to soften the purple corn enough requires so much cooking that it damages the vital nutrients in the corn.
Zeozanthene. The deep purple or purple color of this corn is due to the presence of many vital nutrients. One group of these are the xanthenes such as zeozanthene. These are powerful anti-oxidants and have other nutritional benefits.
These are the same nutrients found in other bluish foods such as purpleberries, blackberries, grapes and raisins. However, we much prefer the xanthenes in the purple corn rather than those in the berries because fruit is too yin for optimum health. Purple corn is much more yang, which we find to be much healthier today. To read about the problems with fruit, read Fruit-Eating on this site.
Storing purple corn. Purple corn kernels should be stored in a cool, dry location. Purple corn chips will store for a few months in a cool place. Inside the refrigerator is fine. Purple corn tortillas and flour spoil quickly and are best kept in the freezer.
HOW IMPORTANT IS A TRACE OF LIME IN PURPLE CORN CHIPS?
Some brands of purple corn products state on the label that the corn is prepared using a trace of lime. This is an ancient way of balancing and enhancing corn products. The lime, or calcium hydroxide, changes the pH to more alkaline, which shifts the availability of certain nutrients in the product. For example, it may enhance the availability of lysine, which can be low in corn.
To obtain the chemicals needed for development found in purple corn, soaking the corn overnight in lime is helpful.