What is Amaranth?

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 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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