Is Amaranth A Superfood?

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Traditionally amaranth is called Ramdana, which means God's own grain. Amaranth is an ancient plant that originated in South America and is now enjoyed as a popular superfood all over the world. 

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Loaded with nutrients

Amaranth is packed with protein, iron, calcium, vitamin C, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. It is sometimes known as a pseudocereal as it's not technically a cereal grain like wheat or oats, but nutritionally is as rich or even richer. 

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Is gluten-free

Amaranth is a good option for people with celiac disease, a condition in which an immune system reaction to wheat gluten can damage the small intestine. This grain can be used to prepare variety of gluten free dishes. 

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High in protein

It is one of the richest plant forms of protein. It has more proteins than quinoa and can be easily absorbed by the body. Studies have shown that, in the plant kingdom, amaranth proteins are among the most similar to animal proteins.

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High in antioxidant

Antioxidants are natural compounds that help protect the body against free radicals. Amaranth carries high quantities of phenolic acid, vanillic acid, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, and gallic acid that can protect against diseases.

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Lowers cholesterol

Some studies have shown that amaranth has cholesterol reducing properties. It can help lower the bad or the LDL cholesterol without reducing the good or the HDL cholesterol, rusulting in better heart health.

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Weight loss

If you are planning to lose weight, add this super grain to your diet. It is very rich in protein and fibre which in turn can aid weight loss.

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Eases inflammation

Amaranth also has anti-inflammatory properties. It can help reduce markers of inflammation and also inhibit immunoglobulin E production, an antibody that causes allergic inflammation.

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Ways to consume

Ways you can include amaranth in your diet includes making porridge, cutlets, pancakes and in salads. These are great ways to also include this superfood in your kids' diet. 

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