ecological technologies for the nixtamalization process have
been developed at CINVESTAV. With these new processes, value
is added to the corn at the very moment in which the tortillas
are produced. It is no longer necessary to first produce masa
or flour: the tortillas are produced directly from corn. This
new technology makes it possible to increase tortilla yield
by 15%, cut water consumption by 90%, eliminate the problem
of waste water pollution, and reduce energy consumption by 50%.
This not only makes possible significant savings by using 90%
less water, it also eliminates the polluting waste from the
nejayote used in the traditional process. There is an astonishing
decrease in production time: while the customary nixtamalization
process takes from 4 to 18 hours, high quality masa or tortillas
can be produced with this new technology in 15 to 60 minutes.