What Is Chicha Morada?

A Purple Corn Drink with Health Benefits

1/1/20251 min read

What are the health benefits of chicha morada?

Purple corn benefits

Purple corn gets its bright colour from the phytochemicals present in the corn. “The purple colour is due to the anthocyanin content in the corn,” according to Solano. “Anthocyanins are antioxidants, which help protect against cellular damage from free radicals,” she says.

In fact, corn is one of the best antioxidant-rich foods. These antioxidants not only provide corn’s bright colour, but they also contribute to its anti-inflammatory effects, according to a 2017 study published in the journal Nutrients.

Because purple corn contains these compounds, there are many potential health benefits. Purple corn may reduce the risk of several chronic diseases, including reducing the risk of certain cancers, and obesity, and reducing the incidence of diabetes, according to registered dietitian Bansari Acharya, based in Detroit. It may also support heart health and healthy blood pressure, per Malkani. 

Additional health benefits

Although purple corn is the main ingredient in chicha morada, the mix-ins boost this beverage’s nutritional value.