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Once you know more, we hope you’ll help us get the word out about why this superfood is so “Amaizingly” good for you.™About Suntava Purple CornQ: Has Suntava Purple Corn been genetically modified (GMO)?Q. What kinds of products are made with Suntava Purple Corn?Q: What is the difference between Suntava Purple Corn and other colored corn including blue corn?Q: How does Suntava Purple Corn taste compared to yellow corn?Q. Do you have any job openings or internship opportunities?Health QuestionsQ: What are anthocyanins?Q: What health benefits do anthocyanins provide?Q: What other foods contain anthocyanins?Q: What level of anthocyanins should we consume daily?Q: In addition to anthocyanins what other nutritional benefits does purple corn provide?Q: What is an ORAC Score and what does it mean in terms of health benefits?Q: What is the ideal ORAC Score we should look to consume daily?Cooking with Suntava Purple CornQ: Where can I get Suntava Purple Corn flour?Q: What foods can I make at home using Suntava Purple Corn?Q: What are some recipes using purple corn?Q: Can Suntava Purple Corn be cooked and eaten in the same way as sweet corn?Q. Will my baked items using Suntava Purple Corn meal be purple?Q: What is the best way to store the flour or meal?Q: What is the difference between whole grain flours/meals and non?More BackgroundQ: Why is Suntava Purple Corn so much better than other specialty corns?Q: Is the kernel purple all the way through?Q: When Suntava Purple Corn is grown, is the entire plant purple too?Q: Where does Suntava Purple Corn come from originally?Q: Where is Suntava Purple Corn grown?Q: Has Suntava Purple Corn been genetically modified (GMO)?
A: No. Suntava Purple Corn has not been genetically modified. It has been bred through traditional breeding processes which involves the growing the corn over its typical growth cycle and being bred with corn plants having desired characteristics. Q. What kinds of products are made with Suntava Purple Corn?
A: Suntava Purple Corn is currently being used by several national and regional suppliers of snacks, cereals and baked goods. In addition, a natural color extracted from our grain is being used to replace synthetic dye Red 40 in candies, beverages and other natural food applications. There are many more ways to use Suntava Purple Corn in pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, cosmetics, and even fabrics and other materials. Whether used to make something safer, healthier, or simply as a source of natural color, it's often an excellent alternative. Q: What is the difference between purple corn and other colored corn including blue corn?
A: All corn is from the same genus and species however contain many subspecies and varieties. This includes familiar corn varieties such as white, red, blue, multicolored (“Indian corn”) and purple. Each variety contains its own combination of nutrients. For Suntava Purple Corn, these nutrients include high amounts of anthocyanins, which supply its purple color, and phenolics. Compared to blue, white, and yellow corn, Suntava Purple Corn has the highest ORAC value.
Q: How does Suntava Purple Corn™ taste compared to yellow corn?
A: There is essentially no difference in taste.
Q. Do you have any job openings or internship opportunities?
A: Not at this time. Please do not submit resumés or other job-related information at this time, but check back frequently for updates as we are a growing company.Q: What are anthocyanins?
A: Anthocyanins are naturally occurring plant pigments responsible for the purple, blue and red color of many plants including fruits, vegetables, grains and flowers. In plants these colorful pigments are believed to play an important role in pollination and seed dispersal. When consumed by humans the evidence is clear that anthocyanins exert a powerful antioxidant effect and deliver a wide range of health benefits through their role as antioxidants or other mechanisms.Q: What health benefits do anthocyanins provide?
A: Extensive published research suggests that anthocyanins are perhaps the most powerful antioxidants (cell protectors)of all plant elements and that they may enhance human health and support healthy-aging by fighting oxidative stress, promoting heart health, promoting blood flow, decreasing inflammation, promoting collagen formation, combating obesity, improving cognitive and motor functions. There is also compelling research on their effects on certain types of cancer cells.Q: What other foods contain anthocyanins?
A: Purple foods are fairly common in nature. Blueberries, blackberries, red grapes, purple cabbage, and eggplant are perhaps the most well-known foods containing anthocyanins. But don’t be surprised to see purple carrots, purple potatoes, purple tomatoes, and purple cauliflower during your next visit to your local supermarket, health food store or farmer’s market. The purple color is a sure sign they provide anthocyanins, but none contain the levels found in purple corn. Q: What level of anthocyanins should we consume daily?
A: Research has not yet pinpointed an ideal amount of anthocyanins needed on a daily basis to maximize their health benefits. Epidemiological studies however suggest that people consuming a diet rich in anthocyanins have reduced risk for many age related diseases. The most recent published research shows on average most Americans only consume 12.5 mg of anthocyanins daily. Experts believe that this amount is far to low to achieve measurable benefits.Q: In addition to anthocyanins what other nutritional benefits does Suntava Purple Corn™ provide?
A: Independent lab analysis of Suntava’s Purple Corn shows that it provides higher levels of both protein and fiber when compared to blue, white and yellow corn. Protein is essential for normal tissue growth and repair, while fiber helps support healthy digestion.Q: What is an ORAC Score and what does it mean in terms of health benefits?
A: ORAC, or Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity was developed as a joint effort by researchers at Tuft University and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help consumers evaluate and understand the antioxidant capacity and potential health benefits provided by various foods, beverages and dietary supplements.The higher the ORAC Score the greater the potential antioxidant protection. Most nutrition experts view ORAC Testing as the gold-standard for determining a foods antioxidant capacity and ability to have a positive effect on health. Independent testing done on Suntava Purple Corn showed an ORAC Score of 6,300 units per 100 grams, which far exceeds published scores for blueberries, acai berries, pomegrante juice, grapes, strawberries, cherries and red apples.Q: What is the ideal ORAC Score we should look to consume daily?
A: Experts put an ideal daily range at 3000 - 5000 ORAC Units to maximize the antioxidant benefits. At first glance this might seem like an easy amount to reach but independent studies show that most Americans currently fall far short of this level.Q: Where can I get Suntava Purple Corn flour?
A: If you visit the Minneapolis area in the early fall you will find Suntava Purple Corn at many of the local farmers markets. We expect this trend to expand to other areas of the country in the coming years. Someday soon you may even find Suntava Purple Corn™ at your local supermarket or health food store.Q: What foods can I make at home using Suntava Purple Corn?
A: Suntava Purple Corn flour can be used in any recipe calling for regular corn flour, corn meal, or as a substitute for other flour to give your favorite corn based dishes an added antioxidant boost. It can be used in breads, muffins, pancakes, cakes, pizza dough, tortillas, and tamales to name a few. In addition to providing an added nutritional punch, your finished product will be an attention grabbing natural purple color.
Q: What are some recipes using Suntava Purple Corn?
A: We will be creating a special “recipe page” featuring some of our favorite purple corn recipes along with customer favorites. Check back often as we will be constantly updating this section of our site.Q: Can Suntava Purple Corn be cooked and eaten in the same way as sweet corn?
A: Absolutely. As with sweet corn the season is short and the corn must be picked at just the right time to ensure moisture and sugar levels. If you visit the Minneapolis area in the early fall you will find Suntava Purple Corn at many of the local farmers markets. We expect this trend to expand to other areas of the country in the coming years. Someday soon you may even find Suntava Purple Corn at your local supermarket or health food store.Q. Will my baked items using Suntava Purple Corn meal be purple?
A: Yes, adding Suntava Purple Corn to your recipe will impart some purple color to any baked product. The final color will depend on how much Suntava Purple Corn is used in your recipe. For example, corn bread or corn muffins typically emerge from the oven a very dark purple. Pancakes containing a blend of corn meal and pancake flour will be a lighter shade of purple. When it comes to purple corn, the darker the color, the greater the nutritional value.Q: What is the best way to store the flour or meal?
A: The best method for long-term storage is freezing it in an airtight container. Flour and cornmeal may also be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator or tightly covered in a cool, dry place - the cooler and dryer the better. If stored in the freezer, it is best to allow it to warm to room temperature prior to use.Q: What is the difference between whole grain flours/meals and non?
A: The Suntava Purple Corn whole grain corn flour/meal is manufactured by grinding the entire purple corn kernel. There are no fractions removed during our process. Fractions commonly removed in non-whole grain flours (refined) are germ and/or bran. This also removes important nutrients from the flour which are found in those fractions.
Q: Why is Suntava Purple Corn so much better than other specialty corn?
A: Suntava Purple Corn is a non-GMO corn that has been bred over a decade in two hemispheres to specifically contain high amounts of anthocyanin and phenolics. Suntava Purple Corn shows the typical characteristics and functionality of many corn varieties while offering a better nutritional profile.Q: Is the kernel purple all the way through?
A: No. The purple color is only present in the in the outer layer of the kernel or pericarp. The center of the kernel looks similar to typical yellow corn.Q: When Suntava Purple Corn is grown, is the entire plant purple too?
A: The Suntava Purple Corn plant is typically similar to other corn varieties in the early to middle stages of growth. In the later growth stages, purple color can be seen in other plant fractions, such as leaves, stalks, husks and cobs.Q: Where does Suntava Purple Corn come from originally?
A: Purple corn originated in the mountains of Peru as far back as 3,000 years. It has been used since pre-Incan civilizations. Q: Where is Suntava Purple Corn grown?
A: Suntava Purple Corn is currently grown in our nation’s corn belt by farmers dedicated to producing food crops that deliver a higher nutritional value and greater health benefits. However, it can be grown anywhere in the world, which is why we see this as an excellent option for healthier ingredients around the world.