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Menudo / Pozole and Hominy

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 04, 2011 at 8:21 AM

I try to eat paleo, but do so around only around 60% of the time.

The other 40% is Mexican food of the sort that avoids beans and rice and flour tortillas.

Most frequently, the Mexican food I eat is home made chili con carne (fried pork that is simmered in a chile made from jalape??os, tomatillos, garlic, salt), and tacos of various meats (corn tortillas!). and various Mexican soups such as Albondigas (meatballs and vegetables), cocido (beef and vegetables with marrow bones), caldo de siete mares (seafood in a spicy tomato broth with vegetables), menudo (spicy beef tripe soup with hominy) and pozole (spicy pork spine stew with hominy).

My question is about hominy. It is corn, but has been treated with an alkali solution.

How is this hominy different from corn in the grand scheme of things? My guess is it isn't. Any thoughts?

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on May 13, 2011
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I noticed I tolerate treated corn tortillas and corn syrup(not HFCS,soda is blech!)), but not so much other forms.Body has suddenly begun to prefer it to rice and potato as a starch, and my body is firming up.Just another way to show everybody is different.

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on January 04, 2011
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those are some great recipes. i lived in MX for a while and had the best food. REAL mexican food is almost impossible to find here in the northeast US!

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on January 04, 2011
at 12:51 PM

I'm not sure about the location of antinutrients in a corn kernel, but the nixtamalization process removes the hull, which is where they tend to be concentrated in most seeds.

Sure, it's not ideal, but it's not too bad either, and pozole is extremely delicious...did you know that prior to contact, the ancient Mesoamericans are thought to have made it as a ritual dish with some of the leftovers from human sacrifices?

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on January 04, 2011
at 12:24 PM

Other than the corn, your "Mexican food" sounds very paleo.

I would imagine a non-GMO corn would be slightly better, but still nutritionally void with lectins and zein(corn's prolamin)

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on January 04, 2011
at 02:34 PM

Well, for me I can digest homily and other alkali treated corn products, whereas regular corn seems to leave my digestive system intact (eeeew). So yeah, you can get more nutrients from it and it's easier on the digestive tract.

I do 80/20 and traditional corn products are part of my 20%, though I'm giving them up for Jan.

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on May 13, 2011
at 11:48 AM

I noticed I tolerate treated corn tortillas and corn syrup(not HFCS,soda is blech!)), but not so much other forms.Body has suddenly begun to prefer it to rice and potato as a starch, and my body is firming up.Just another way to show everybody is different.

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