I was recently looking at the USDA Nutrient Database and I noticed that they categorized 'American Indian/Alaska Native' as a separate food group. For example, what is the difference between 35137 - Cornmeal, yellow (Navajo) and 20020 - Cornmeal, whole-grain, yellow?

I am by no means arguing against this distinction, I am just curious as to why it exists.

  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is determined by a bureaucracy, and is therefore apolitical. – The Pompitous of Love Jan 28 '16 at 22:34
  • @ThePompitousofLove Is there an exchange appropriate for this question? – Zach Spencer Jan 28 '16 at 22:38
  • Unfortunately, not that I am aware of, but I know the answer. The answer is that they are genetically two different kinds of corn. Navajo corn is not corn that is raised on Navajo reservations, but is the name of a type of corn. Given that, if there is a Biology or Botany SE, you can probably get a better answer there about the differences. – The Pompitous of Love Jan 28 '16 at 22:42
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    Given the USDA is part of the government, I'd say this is certainly a politcs-related question, even if one may not call it political (though it should be noted that the USDA recommendations are heavily politicized given the various ag industry lobbies) – user1530 Jan 29 '16 at 6:04
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    That said, I believe Pompitous's deleted answer is correct (or close to correct) in that it's simply a type of corn and isn't marking anything as a separate good group (both are still grains). So in that sense, the question has a faulty premise. – user1530 Jan 29 '16 at 6:06

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