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Wheat vs. Corn: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Wheat is a cereal grain primarily used for flour and bread, while corn, also a cereal grain, is versatile, used for food, fodder, and industrial products.
Wheat vs. Corn

Key Differences

Wheat, a staple in many diets, is primarily used for making flour and bread. Corn, also known as maize, is versatile, used in various forms like cornmeal, corn oil, and corn syrup.
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Wheat grains are smaller and typically beige, used extensively in baking due to their gluten content. Corn kernels are larger, come in multiple colors, and are used in both sweet and savory dishes.
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Wheat is the basis for products like pasta, bread, and cereal. Corn is not only a food source but also vital in producing biofuels and as animal feed.
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The cultivation of wheat is suited to temperate regions and is a major crop in countries like Russia and China. Corn thrives in varied climates, with the United States being a leading producer.
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Wheat's nutritional profile is rich in carbohydrates and protein, making it a primary energy source. Corn is also nutritious, containing carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, and is a staple in many cultures.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Use

Flour production, bread, pasta.
Food, fodder, biofuel, industrial products.
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Grain Characteristics

Smaller, beige grains, high in gluten.
Larger, colorful kernels, versatile in cooking.
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Cultivation Climate

Grows best in temperate regions.
Adapts to various climates.
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Global Producers

Major producers include Russia and China.
The United States is a leading producer.
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Nutritional Content

High in carbohydrates and protein.
Contains carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.
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Wheat and Corn Definitions

Wheat

Cultivated widely in temperate climates.
Wheat cultivation is prominent in the northern hemisphere.
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Corn

A source of cornmeal, corn oil, and corn syrup.
Corn oil is commonly used for cooking.
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Wheat

A cereal grain used for making flour and bread.
Wheat fields are a common sight in rural areas.
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Corn

Contains carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.
Corn is a nutritious part of many diets.
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Wheat

A staple food source rich in carbohydrates.
Wheat is a key ingredient in many diets around the world.
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Corn

Any of numerous cultivated forms of a widely grown, usually tall annual cereal grass (Zea mays) bearing grains or kernels on large ears.
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Wheat

Essential for making pasta, cereals, and pastries.
Pasta is traditionally made from durum wheat.
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Corn

The grains or kernels of this plant, used as food for humans and livestock or for the extraction of an edible oil or starch. Also called Indian corn, maize.
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Wheat

The primary grain for producing gluten-rich flour.
Bakers prefer wheat flour for its gluten content.
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Corn

An ear of this plant.
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Wheat

Any of various annual cereal grasses of the genus Triticum of the Mediterranean region and southwest Asia, especially T. aestivum, widely cultivated in temperate regions in many varieties for its commercially important edible grain.
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Corn

Chiefly British Any of various cereal plants or grains, especially the principal crop cultivated in a particular region, such as wheat in England or oats in Scotland.
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Wheat

The grain of any of these grasses, ground to produce flour used in breads, pasta, and other foods.
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Corn

A single grain of a cereal plant.
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Wheat

(countable) Any of several cereal grains, of the genus Triticum, that yields flour as used in bakery.
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Corn

A seed or fruit of various other plants, such as a peppercorn.
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Wheat

(uncountable) A light brown colour, like that of wheat.
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Corn

Corn snow.
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Wheat

Wheaten, of a light brown colour, like that of wheat.
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Corn

(Informal) Corn whiskey.
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Wheat

A cereal grass (Triticum vulgare) and its grain, which furnishes a white flour for bread, and, next to rice, is the grain most largely used by the human race.
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Corn

(Slang) Something considered trite, dated, melodramatic, or unduly sentimental.
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Wheat

Annual or biennial grass having erect flower spikes and light brown grains
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Corn

A horny thickening of the skin, usually on or near a toe, resulting from pressure or friction. Also called clavus.
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Wheat

Grains of common wheat; sometimes cooked whole or cracked as cereal; usually ground into flour
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Corn

To cause to form hard particles; granulate.
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Corn

To season and preserve with granulated salt.
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Corn

To preserve (beef, for example) in brine.
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Corn

To feed (animals) with corn or grain.
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Corn

To form hard particles; become grainy
"After the snow melts all day, it corns up at night for fine conditions" (Hatfield MA Valley Advocate).
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Corn

Any cereal plant (or its grain) that is the main crop or staple of a country or region.
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Corn

Maize, a grain crop of the species Zea mays.
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Corn

A grain or seed, especially of a cereal crop.
He paid her the nominal fee of two corns of barley.
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Corn

A small, hard particle.
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Corn

(uncountable) A type of granular snow formed by repeated melting and refreezing, often in mountain spring conditions.
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Corn

Bullets, ammunition, charge and discharge of firearms
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Corn

Money.
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Corn

A type of callus, usually on the feet or hands.
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Corn

(countable) inflammatory disease of horse hoof, at the caudal part of the sole.
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Corn

(countable) skin hyperplasia with underlying fibroma between both digits of cattle.
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Corn

Something (e.g. acting, humour, music, or writing) which is deemed old-fashioned or intended to induce emotion.
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Corn

To granulate; to form a substance into grains
To corn gunpowder
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Corn

To preserve using coarse salt, e.g. corned beef
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Corn

To provide with corn (typically maize; or, in Scotland, oats) for feed
Corn the horses.
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Corn

To render intoxicated
Ale strong enough to corn one
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Corn

To shoot up with bullets as by a shotgun (corn).
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Corn

A thickening of the epidermis at some point, esp. on the toes, by friction or pressure. It is usually painful and troublesome.
Welcome, gentlemen! Ladies that have their toesUnplagued with corns, will have a bout with you.
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Corn

A single seed of certain plants, as wheat, rye, barley, and maize; a grain.
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Corn

The various farinaceous grains of the cereal grasses used for food, as wheat, rye, barley, maize, oats.
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Corn

A tall cereal plant (Zea mays) bearing its seeds as large kernels in multiple rows on the surface of a hard cylindrical ear, the core of which (the cob) is not edible; - also called Indian corn and, in technical literature, maize. There are several kinds; as, yellow corn, which grows chiefly in the Northern States, and is yellow when ripe; white corn or southern corn, which grows to a great height, and has long white kernels; sweet corn, comprising a number of sweet and tender varieties, grown chiefly at the North, some of which have kernels that wrinkle when ripe and dry; pop corn, any small variety, used for popping. Corn seeds may be cooked while on the ear and eaten directly, or may be stripped from the ear and cooked subsequently. The term Indian corn is often used to refer to a primitive type of corn having kernels of varied color borne on the same cob; it is used for decoration, especially in the fall.
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Corn

The plants which produce corn, when growing in the field; the stalks and ears, or the stalks, ears, and seeds, after reaping and before thrashing.
In one night, ere glimpse of morn,His shadowy flail had thrashed the corn.
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Corn

A small, hard particle; a grain.
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Corn

To preserve and season with salt in grains; to sprinkle with salt; to cure by salting; now, specifically, to salt slightly in brine or otherwise; as, to corn beef; to corn a tongue.
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Corn

To form into small grains; to granulate; as, to corn gunpowder.
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Corn

To feed with corn or (in Sctland) oats; as, to corn horses.
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Corn

To render intoxicated; as, ale strong enough to corn one.
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Corn

Tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times
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Corn

The dried grains or kernels or corn used as animal feed or ground for meal
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Corn

Ears of corn grown for human food
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Corn

A hard thickening of the skin (especially on the top or sides of the toes) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes
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Corn

Annual or biennial grass having erect flower spikes and light brown grains
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Corn

Whiskey distilled from a mash of not less than 80 percent corn
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Corn

Something sentimental or trite;
That movie was pure corn
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Corn

Feed (cattle) with corn
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Corn

Preserve with salt;
Corned beef
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Corn

A versatile cereal grain used in various food products.
Corn is harvested in late summer and early fall.
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Corn

Widely used in animal feed and biofuel production.
Corn-based ethanol is an alternative biofuel.
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Corn

Grows in diverse climates, with multiple uses.
Cornfields are adaptable to many farming regions.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Where is wheat commonly grown?

Wheat is commonly grown in temperate regions like Russia and China.
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What products are made from wheat?

Products like bread, pasta, and cereal are made from wheat.
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What is wheat primarily used for?

Wheat is primarily used for making flour and bread.
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Is corn a versatile crop?

Yes, corn is versatile, used in many forms like cornmeal and corn syrup.
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Is wheat a good source of protein?

Yes, wheat is rich in protein, making it a vital energy source.
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Does wheat contain gluten?

Yes, wheat is high in gluten, which is essential for baking.
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What are the main uses of corn?

Corn is used for food, fodder, biofuels, and industrial products.
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Are there different types of wheat?

Yes, there are several types of wheat, including durum and whole wheat.
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Is wheat used in animal feed?

Wheat is sometimes used in animal feed, but not as commonly as corn.
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What is the nutritional value of corn?

Corn contains carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.
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Which country is a leading producer of corn?

The United States is a leading producer of corn.
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Can wheat be used for making gluten-free products?

No, wheat is not suitable for gluten-free products due to its high gluten content.
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What kind of climate is suitable for wheat cultivation?

A temperate climate is most suitable for wheat cultivation.
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Can corn grow in diverse climates?

Yes, corn can adapt to various climates.
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Is wheat used in desserts?

Yes, wheat flour is often used in baking desserts like cakes and pastries.
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Is corn a staple food in many cultures?

Yes, corn is a staple in many cultures, especially in the Americas.
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Does corn have a single color?

No, corn kernels come in multiple colors like yellow, white, and blue.
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Is corn gluten-free?

Yes, corn is naturally gluten-free.
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Can corn be used for biofuel?

Yes, corn is vital in producing biofuels like ethanol.
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Can people with gluten intolerance eat wheat?

No, people with gluten intolerance should avoid wheat.
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