By Ruchira Hoon
The Mayans were mixing it with chocolate and eating it. The Carribeans were stir frying it into vegetables. While closer home in India, we’d grind it and eat like porridge. All this just 6,000 years ago.
Since then the Amaranth seed has seen its ups and downs. Until a few years ago, when Quinoa took the market by storm and suddenly everyone woke up to an alternative closer home. Over the last year, the resurgence of this superfood has surprised us at just how versatile it is – you can cook, bake, fry with it and yet it remains chockfull of nutrients. Here’s listing 5 ways how this superfood can change your life.
1. It’s Gluten Free: Since its a seed and not a grain, it’s just perfect for those who’d like to eat something without those troublesome proteins that are in wheat and rye.
2. It’s chockfull of Proteins: Rich in lysine and other amino acids and bioavailable proteins, amaranth is easily digestible as well.
3. It’s High Fibre: So filling that it slows the absorption of sugars, amaranth is known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and to let the body keep up with energy production.
4. Prevents premature greying: Because of all the amazing minerals this seed has in abundance – calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, potassium and phosphorus – you won’t go grey that soon.
5. Anti-inflammatory and good for your heart: Peptides and oils in amaranth can ease pain and reduce inflammation and keep the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke at bay.
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This article is brought you in association with the Murugappa Group for the Superfoods Campaign.