TY - CHAP A1 - Bañuelos-Pineda Jacinto A2 - Gómez-Rodiles Carmen Cecilia A3 - Cuéllar- José Ricardo A4 - Aguirre López Luis Octavio ED1 - Amanullah ED2 - Shah Fahad Y1 - 2018-10-10 PY - 2018 T1 - The Maize Contribution in the Human Health N2 - Corn or maize (Zea mays L.) plays an important role in global food security. The many uses of corn make it a central commodity and a great influence on prices. Because of its worldwide distribution and relatively lower price, corn has a wider range of uses. It is used directly for human consumption, in industrially processed foods, as livestock feed, and in industrial nonfood products such as starches, acids, and alcohols. Recently, there has been interest in using maize for the production of ethanol as a substitute for petroleum-based fuels. It is an important source of carbohydrate, protein, iron, vitamin B, and minerals. Climate change, however, is a growing concern among corn growers worldwide. Scientists estimate that corn production will need to be increased by 15% per unit area between 2017 and 2037. To increase corn yields, advanced and new production technology needs to be developed and distributed among corn growers. The advanced technology to boost corn yields and counteract climate change is important for food security for the growing global population. Nutritionally, maize seeds contain 60-68% starch and 7-15% protein. Maize oil is widely used as a cooking medium and for manufacturing hydrogenated oil. The oil has the quality of reducing cholesterol in the human blood similar to sunflower oil. Corn flour is used as a thickening agent in the preparation of many edibles such as soups, sauces, and custard powder. Integrated nutrients management improves corn growth, leaf area index and light interception, dry matter accumulation and distribution, grain and fodder quality, yield components, grain and biomass yields, harvest index, and shelling percentage, and reduces the problem of food insecurity. BT - Corn SP - Ch. 3 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.78700 DO - 10.5772/intechopen.78700 SN - 978-1-78984-156-5 PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-06-16 ER -