Cornmeal is a course flour ground from corn. Cornmeal is the most traditional American food. Both the Mayan and Olmec civilizations harvested corn and revered it. By the time Columbus arrived in North America, corn was a staple of the North American tribes. A gruel made form cornmeal is still used by Mayans to treat diarrhea. Cornmeal can be white, yellow or blue, depending on the type of corn it is made from.
- good source of vitamin C and manganese
- can support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine
- cornmeal lessens chances of developing colon cancer, hemorrhoids, and diverticulitis.
- abundant in carotenoids, provides protection from free radical damage