Amaranth is a plant that can grow up to three meters, and there are at least 800 species around the world. Each flower is made up of other smaller flowers that contain a seed that is the part that is most consumed, as it is used to prepare cereals, flours, among other derivatives.
Its origin dates back to the cultures that lived in America before colonization, as it was produced in the same way as popular foods such as corn. However, due to its use in religious rituals granted by the natives, its production decreased almost to the entirety when the Spanish arrived on the continent.
Amaranth seeds are one of the most important for their striking nutritional data. It has a much higher protein content compared to other cereals.
It provides a significant dose of folic acid and there are many vitamins that it offers us: A, B, B1, B2, B3, C and K.
Other of its qualities are niacin, calcium, iron and phosphorus. In addition to having some amino acids such as lysine, niacin and thiamine.
This superfood was named by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States as the best food in the world for human consumption and with good bases, because its nutrients can help us in the prevention of many diseases or can help us to cope better.
The list of conditions that it helps us control is long: constipation, kidney failure and liver failure, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes, among others.
On the other hand, it is among the selection of beneficial foods for people with celiac disease and is highly recommended in the autistic diet. Likewise, it is of great help for geriatric and malnourished patients due to its high content of nutrients.
Because it is a very low-fat food, it is included in weight loss diets. It is good for improving memory and learning, and it is a quality digestive.
Another benefit of amaranth is that in some cases both the leaves and the seed can be consumed.
The leaves can be consumed in the same way as vegetables such as spinach, in salads or adding it to other foods to accompany it.
It is used to a great extent for the production of cereals and granola, and even for the manufacture of flours that are used in the preparation of bread, tortillas and various desserts.
The chemical and cosmetologist industry has also used the plant to make oils and dyes.
This plant is not only excellent because of the large amount of nutrients that we can find in it, and that in many aspects surpass those of rice and corn, but because most of the plant is consumable and is easy to preserve, as it can refrigerate for a long time.