Low Glycemic White Corn For Diabetics and Reduction of Rice Demand

The Department of Agriculture is promoting white corn as staple food for Filipinos. They are doing the campaign in partnership with Boxing Champ and Congressman Manny Pacquiao. They created the video advertisement posted in DA website. I guess the video will be aired on tv. Hmmm… I have never watched it yet on any station.

Read about white corn benefits as stated here.

Now the agency is giving more emphasis on the benefits of white corn on diabetic individuals and disease prevention. The white corn has lower glycemic index as compared to white rice. I tried looking the glycemic index value of white corn. All available data I found are about sweet corn and rice. I cannot access Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) website – maybe they have enough data about white corn.

On data below, the sweet corn on cob has lower GI value than white rice and two values lower than healthy brown rice. [http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/Glycemic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_foods.htm]

Sweet corn on the cob = 53±4 per 150 grams
Brown rice = 55±5 per 150 grams
White rice = 64±7 per 150 grams

On this other website, both values are high but sweet corn is still lower by five steps. [http://www.elitefitness.com/articledata/glycemic.html]

Sweet corn   = 78
Rice, white  =  83

Philippine top degenerative disease is now diabetic. Eating white corn as staple food, in replacement of rice will help prevent diabetic incidence and reduce its bad effects on diabetics.

The recommended variety of white corn is the IPB Var 6. Its yield is almost the same as commercial corn hybrid – an average of 4.47 to 5.84 metric tons per hectare. Seed propagation is being handled by the Institute of Plant Breeding – University of the Philippines Los Baños. Seeds will be distributed to farmers with the help of local government units.

White corn adaptation as staple food will also lessen the demand for rice.

white corn in plastic bag

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