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Maize helps in weight loss, lowers cholesterol, and boosts immune system


Zea Mays


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Maize, a member of the grass family is a grain and one of the important foods, green forage and industrial crops of the world. Together with rice and wheat, maize provides at least 30% of the food calories of more than 4.5 billion people in 94 countries.


It is known as ‘Queen of Cereal’. The grains are rich in vitamins A, C and E, carbohydrates, and essential minerals, and contain 9% protein.


They are also rich in dietary fiber and calories which are a good source of energy.


Maize has a composition of several colored pigments collectively known as carotenoids which are converted to vitamin A by normal metabolic processes in the body.


Vitamin A is very important to human health, but most especially for vision, and as an antioxidant. Therefore maize can be especially important to people who cannot get fresh vegetables year-round.


The term “maize” is derived from the ancient word ‘mahiz’ from the Taino language of the indigenous people of pre-Columbian America. Columbus and other explorers took maize back to Europe with them and it spread across the trade routes of Europe, Africa and Asia in the 1500s and 1600s.


  • The high-fiber content in maize helps in losing weight and lowering cholesterol levels.
  • It also helps keep the digestive system regular.
  • Maize is rich in folate which helps in the generation of new cells, especially important during pregnancy.
  • Maize promotes the function of the gall bladder and reduces stomach acidity and all the nutrients in the grain boost our immune system.


Maize is now grown in all countries except Antarctica and under a more varied range of climates than any other cereal crops.


The world’s top producers of maize are the USA, China, Brazil, Mexico & Indonesia. Maize has the highest yield/ha among the cereal crops. Africa consumes around 30% of the total maize produced in the world.