What is Amaranth?


 
Options for whole grains have picked up steam in the past few years with buckwheat and quinoa becoming more than suitable replacements for typical grains like traditional wheat. Quinoa in particular has exploded due to its versatility and the protein punch it can provide. But what is amaranth?

Amaranth is another grain that should be considered when looking at different options. It's an excellent source of plant protein. What distinguishes amaranth from other types of grains is that it is also a good source of the amino acids lysine and methionine, which are typically low in most grains. It's also loaded with iron, calcium, and three times more fiber than regular wheat. For the many sufferers of celiac's disease around the world, amaranth is also completely gluten-free.

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Amaranth is a tall plant that grows in South America and Mexico. It reaches about six feet in height and produces a bright flowered head that contains a large amount of seeds. These seeds are the grains of amaranth and are what can be used as grain substitutes.

Amaranth is also packed with vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and when it comes to recipes, can be combined with other grains to compliment one another. As a snack, it can be popped and enjoyed like popcorn or can be added to most baking recipes. You may have already seen it as an ingredient in cereals, cookies, snack bars and crackers.

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Yummly.com has tons of information on how to cook with amaranth and how you can incorporate into some of your favorite recipes. Whether it's desserts, main courses or first thing in the morning, amaranth has proven itself it to be an excellent healthy grain alternative.

Enjoy!

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By Ryan Bisram| July 25, 2013
Categories:  Eat

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Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is a contributing writer for NaturallySavvy.com.

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