The nutty ancient seed is similar to quinoa, and just like quinoa, is packed with protein. It can be prepared in a number of ways, from boiling to popping, and can even be had for breakfast as cereal.
Yes, it's one of those super "grains"!
Compared to rice, amaranth has almost 30% more protein. In addition to protein, it's also rich in lysine, an essential amino acid.
When planted, amaranth grows beautifully lush ruby red leaves (though sometimes also grows to become green or even gold), and is often eaten in its leafy form in Asia, often cooked in stirfries, soups, curries, and daals.
Amaranth is also grown in Africa, where nutritional food may be scarce in certain parts of the continent.
Because of its vibrant red flowers, amaranth can also be used as a dye, originally by the Hopi tribe.
In terms on nutritional content, amaranth (both seeds and leaves) are packed with thiamine, niacin, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, zinc, and copper, and its leaves are a good source of vitamins A and C and folate. As well, its seeds are a great source of dietary fibre.
Because it's gluten-free, those who have celiacs disease may use amaranth leaves as a great source of protein.
The seeds also have the ability to relieve hypertension and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
Ruby Garnet Amaranth 14g
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