WHY IS NIXTAMAL GOOD FOR YOU?
The primary nutritional benefits of nixtamal arise from this processing of dry corn with calcium hydroxide. The Aztec Indians learned this simply by paying attention to how their bodies responded when they used corn that had been ground on limestone blocks. Generally speaking -- they experienced non-problematic digestive processing (e.g. no bloating, no pain, regularity in...well, you know, and generally better functioning inner body, strength in energy and spiritual alertness - e.g. brain-food).
Science later discovered that the infusion of cal or lime with corn converts corn's bound niacin (vitamin, B3) to be freed, making it available for absorption into the body. As a result, the niacin release from Nixtamal not only has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol and elevate good cholesterol, it contributes to the regulation of a number of bodily processes. This includes general digestion, metabolism and cell repair (which is evidenced to have a purifying effect against accumulation of cancers in the body). Niacin also appears to reduce triglyceride levels in the blood. The alkaline process that occurs for nixtamal also reduces the amount of the protein zein available to the body, which improves the balance among essential amino acids.
Additionally, corn naturally contains the following health benefits:
- Thiamin (vitamin B1) which is used in the metabolism of carbohydrates.
- Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) which helps with physiological functions.
- Folate which helps the generation of new cells especially important before and during pregnancy.
- Vitamin C which fights against diseases.
- Fiber which helps lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Secondary benefits can arise from the grain's absorption of minerals from the alkali used in preparation. These effects can increase calcium (by 750%, with 85% available for absorption), iron, copper and zinc.
WHAT NIXTAMAL IS NOT?
Nixtamal is not corn flour, added to flour, something found in flour, or harina. The masa used at Tortilleria Nixtamal is 100% corn, e.g.
WE DO NOT INCLUDE ADDITIVES IN ANY OF OUR PRODUCTS
As a result, you have a 100% natural product -- no preservatives, no lard or shortening , no gluten , no salt, no m.s.g, NADA!!!
ONLY THE TASTE OF PURE CORN
Bottom line...Our naturally made corn tortillas are not only tasty, they are incredibly nutritious