ALL ABOUT AMARANTH
Amaranth is known as an old ancient Aztec grain, with a yummy sweet earthy flavour and a free-gluten structure. However, amaranth is not a ‘true’ grain, but classified as a ‘pseudo-cereal’, they are listed with other grains as its nutritional profile and uses are similar to ‘true’ cereal grains. Thanks to the lively taste and the higher level of protein it contains compared to most other grains, amaranth is today rising in popularity. Amaranth is common in Peru, Bolivia and Mexico, but the largest producer is China, yielding 192 million pounds per year.
TYPES OF AMARANTH
Base on applications, amaranth producers provide products in three main types, which are available widely in the market.
Once harvested, tiny amaranth grains are revealed to be a nearly uniform shade of pale cream. Some grains are occasionally darker, ranging from light brown to nearly black in colour. They can be boiled for 20 minutes to create a gluten free version of porridge
are created by pouring amaranth grains onto a very hot surface. They can be added to breakfast cereals, salads and baked goods.
100% amaranth flour may be used in any recipe that doesn’t require gluten to rise like pancakes, biscuits, flat breads, and pastas. With yeast breads, amaranth flour can only be substituted for about 30% of the gluten containing flour you choose (i.e. wheat, rye etc).
Amaranth packs a punch in health benefits, they contain the high amount of fiber, vitamins, and minerals that have significant effects on human health.
1 ounce of Amaranth provide
3.8g protein (8% DV)
1.9g dietary fiber (8% DV)
1.2mg Vitamin C (2%)
44.5mg Calcium (4% DV)
0.9mg Manganese (47% DV)
High source of protein
Not only is amaranth grain a complete protein, it also has much higher levels than other grains, they are considered as the best place to find plant-based protein. Plant proteins are easier for our body to digest and utilize than animal proteins, they also make our body run smoother and more efficiently in every way.
Provides Essential Lysine
Amaranth has far more lysine, an essential amino acid that the body can’t manufacture, than other grains. Lysine is an essential amino protein for the human body, which makes amaranth a “complete protein”. This is very desirable for human health, as it delivers all the essential amino acids to create usable proteins within the body, thereby optimizing metabolism and ensuring proper growth and development.
Protect bone health
Containing more than twice than milk, the calcium present in amaranth grain allows the body to use this mineral for bone repair and strengthening.
With just a cup of amaranth providing over 100 percent the daily recommended dose of manganese, it serves as a diabetes preventer, and it helps reduce high blood sugar levels.
Amaranth grain can effectively lower insulin levels in the body and simultaneously release a hormone that effectively tells our body that we’re full. This is the opposite of the “hunger” hormone, which often causes people to snack between meals, leading to weight gain.
Amaranth contains the highest amount of fat compared with other grains, which means that the grain are best stored in the refrigerator (1-4°C) or freezer (-15-0°C) to prevent them from going rancid.