Corn 玉米

Common Chinese Name (pinyin): 玉米 (yu mi)

TCM Five Flavors: Sweet

TCM Energetics: Neutral

Meridian Affinity: Stomach, large intestine

Nutritional Science: 成分

  • Nutrients: Around 60% starch, 4% fat. Contains vitamin K, thiamin vitamin B1, riboflavin vitamin B2, vitamin B6, niacin vitamin B3, pantothenic acid, biotin, carotenoids.
  • Function: Diuretic, lipid-lowering, prevents vitamin K deficiency. 

TCM Benefits: 功效

  • Regulate the Middle Jiao and increase appetite
  • Diuretic and reduce water retention
  • Help with high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and high blood sugar

Cooking Suggestions: 使用方法

  • Cook in soup or add to dishes.
  • Corn flour can be used for pastries, tortilla, tamale, and so on.


Five Seasons TCM Recipe:

Sweet Chinese Yam Soup with Corn and Ghee | 酥油山药玉米羹


Notes & Safety:

The corn we are referring to here is the Chinese/Mexican corn that is less sweet and more starchy than the American sweet corn. You can find this variety at Asian markets. They are usually vaccum packed. 

Written by Five Seasons TCM

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