From corn to cornflake: Healthy compounds lost during food processing


The healthy bits are removed

For many Americans, highly processed foods are on the menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even when the raw materials – grains, for example – are high in vitamins and health-promoting phenolic compounds, processing can rob the final product of these nutrients. In a set of recent studies, University of Illinois scientists reveal what happens to cancer-fighting phenolic acids in corn when it is processed into cornflakes…

“What we found was not particularly good news, but it was interesting. Regardless of the concentration in the grain at the beginning, the dry-milling process removes the majority of phenolics,” says Carrie Butts-Wilmsmeyer, lead author of the two studies and research assistant professor in the Department of Crop Sciences at U of I…

“…we now have the process miniaturized and can control everything in the lab, we can also start figuring out how we can change the process to recover more of these compounds in the end product,” says Martin Bohn, co-author of the studies and associate professor in the Department of Crop Sciences at U of I.

That qualifies as a step towards legitimate improvement in the product. Not just the blather from the advertising mavens.

One thought on “From corn to cornflake: Healthy compounds lost during food processing

  1. Dig'em says:

    US salmonella outbreak: ‘Do not eat Honey Smacks,’ shoppers told (BBC) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44819227 The warning not to eat Honey Smacks came in a post on social media by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 100 Salmonella infections in 33 states linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Do not eat this cereal. https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/mbandaka-06-18/advice.html Kellogg’s Honey Smacks is a sweetened puffed wheat cereal formerly marketed under the names ‘Sugar Smacks’ and ‘Smacks (also “There is at least as much sugar in a serving of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks […] as there is in a glazed doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts”) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_Smacks

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