Amaranth, gluten free alternative

Amaranth – alternative for Phase 4, for life

Article from About.com
Amaranth
is a nutrient-rich ancient grain from Mexico that has three times the calcium of milk. Interested yet? You should be. But that’s not all. Amaranth is also gluten-free and an excellent food of choice for those who are on a diet and want to feel full and satisfied. Because of its great calorie-to-nutrient ratio, amaranth is great weight-loss food. This is what we call nutritional weight loss. Conversely, it’s an amazing grain of choice for those with limited nutrition because of the powerful punch that it packs per calorie. Amaranth nutrition is like no other grain. No doubt, amaranth is an awesome addition for any weight loss program out there.

Nowadays, we’re lucky enough to be reacquainted with this versatile food, but if it weren’t for a few remote villages in Mexico cultivating it in secret, we wouldn’t get to know amaranth today.

The name “amaranth” comes from the Greek “Amarantos” – the “one that does not wither”, referring to its beautiful colors and resilient stature. It’s known under many names and epithets, including the colorful East African names of “chepkerta” (“drought crop”) in Kalenjin and “arowo jeja” (“we-have-money-left-over-for-fish”) in Yoruba.

Far more nutrient-rich than wheat, amaranth is also gluten-free, which makes it an excellent alternative for those who are seeking to divorce themselves from a wheat dependency. It is also extremely high in protein and contains an unusually complete amino acid profile, like its fellow ancient grain quinoa. Amaranth is made up of 15-18% protein, making it a great way for vegetarians to gain adequate protein in their diets. And it contains a host of additional nutrients as well. For starters it’s a great source of dietary fiber to help digestion and aid food in passing through. In addition to this, amaranth contains necessary dietary minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and manganese.

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