Amaranth What is it, what are its benefits?

Amaranth is a super food from Mexico and Central America, where they are one of the parts that have as one of the main crops. To obtain grain they do not need much work, the traditional way Harvesting consists of cutting the plant and putting it to dry for two or three days in the sun and then separating the grains.

What is amaranth

Amaranth plant

Amaranth is one of the oldest foods that we can find in America, since archaeological remains have been found in MAYAN, Inca and Aztec tombs that are approximately 4000 BC. C.

It has a similarity to the seeds of Quinoa other Super food. The big difference that these two have are in their size the seeds. Amaranth is smaller but still have a high nutritional content.

They commonly consider it as a grain but due to its nutritional properties they qualify it as a pseudo cereal.

One of the most important advantages that amaranth has is that it is gluten freeIn other words, it is a food suitable for celiacs and has been named as one of the best foods of plant origin for human consumption according to the FAO.

What are its benefits

  • Amaranth in its composition has between 15 and 17% of proteins.
  • Contains 8 of the 9 essential amino acids
  • It does not have gluten. In other words, it is suitable for celiacs.
  • Its high fiber content helps improve intestinal transit
  • It is rich in iron, protein, vitamins and minerals
  • Helps to inhibit cancer cells such as those present in colon or breast cancer.

How to add amaranth in your day

This product, thanks to its great properties as a super food, can be added to products such as cookies, breads and cakes.

The grain can also be used to prepare soups and salads.

The flour of this product (ground amaranth) can be used to bread, make creams and sauces so you can increase the nutritional properties of your preparations.

How many calories does amaranth have

This seed, as it is a super food rich in protein and minerals, the amount of calories will be in the background. I owe it to all the benefits it provides for your health.

Each 100 gr amaranth has 374 calories with 14.5 grams of protein, not bad, don't you think?

To take into account what 100gr would look like, this would be about half a cup of amaranth. A full cup of amaranth has 729 calories with 28 grams of protein.

Types of amaranth

Amaranth is a plant belonging to the amaranth family, which has 70 genera and more than 60 species, the most important and well-known being the following:

  • a) Amaranthus caudatus L.
  • b) Amaranthus Hypochondriacus L.
  • c) Amaranthus cruentus L.
  • d) Amaranthus 5 hybridus L.
  • e) Amaranthus tricolor L.
  • f) Amaranthus blitum L.
  • g) Amaranthus dubitus L.
  • h) Amaranthus virides L.

Species grown for grain hypochondriacus, cruentus and caudatusson.

Aminogram

Amaranth has a lot of protein, but to get a better opinion of it super food you have to know what your aminogram is.

This information will be of interest mainly to vegans and vegetarians who practice sports.

Amino acidsAmino acid pattern (a)A. caudatus (b)A. hypochondriacus (c)A. cruentus  (c)
isoleucine28523936
leucine66465751
lysine58675551
methionine + cystine25354740
phenylalanine + tyrosine6363 (d)7360
threonine34513634
tryptophan1111
valine35454542
histidine19252524
amino acid count708677

So will you add amaranth to your diet? It has many benefits for your health and is declared super food according to FAO what do you expect.

Written by Fitness and sport team

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