I recently bought some to make polenta and corn bread. I always thought it would pretty healthy, kinda like whole wheat flour. But then I looked at the package and under ingridigents it said maize starch, which has a pretty negative association, as it's in a lot of processed food.
In fact it doesn't look the cornflour my mom always bought in back home in italy, it's just very light and white. Not corny at all
So I'm a bit confused? Is it (consumed in moderation) good or bad for you?
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it is OK for you, low in fat but it fills you up, corn in general is hard for the body to digest and utilize, I don't mean to spoil your appetite, but that is why it is often seen in whole pieces in stools. The body doesn't know what to do with it because its not quite a natural food it is one that man has altered way too far from nature. But I am Italian as well and eating it brings back memories and it tastes so good. As far as maize starch being bad for you, well that is just another name for corn starch which I use all the time in baking, it's a refined form of corn and I believe it helps the polenta become fluffier and rise up.. If the corn flour your mom brings back is white then maybe that from white corn and yours is from yellow corn. The fact you are cooking from scratch is a lot better than what most people eat (fast foods, instant foods), corn is not the healthiest grain..try quinoa or rice, make risotto:)! but in moderation it is fine, with some roasted chicken and veggies it would be a nice meal.0