Some corns are white, some are yellow and some are orange. Do you wonder why? Which corn color do you prefer? She likes white corn. Orange corn is preferred for making duldol in few towns of Batangas. I prefer the yellow sweet corn.
Color is indication of corn’s beta carotene content. White corn contains almost none, yellow corn has and orange corn has the highest quantity. Our body converts this substance to vitamin A. Again, which corn do you prefer?
In our locality, the orange corn is grown only for animal feeds. Few people are eating those. Notice that all corn for sale are white and yellow (for human consumption). Buy cracked corn from nearest poultry supply and you will get orange corn.
Corn is a staple food, next to rice. Its a rich source of carbohydrates. Philippines is a rice eating country but corn is a popular choice in times of calamity and lack of budget.
What is the problem with corn? The problem with corn is the same as the problem with rice, they lack many of the essential nutrients. One of them is the Vitamin A – needed for good eyesight. Some maize contain beta carotene but are way below the requirement.
Agricultural Research Service is on the run to develop corn with beta carotene content. The job is not easy cause corn is a very diverse crop. They need to screen lots of corn to find the potential candidate for development.
The target content is 15 micrograms per one gram. If successful, this will be of great help in fighting world hunger.
image courtesy of agricultural research service