The nutrients in amaranth can offer significant health benefits as a part of a healthy Raw Diet. It’s an important source of vitamin C, which is vital to the body’s healing process because it helps process iron, form blood vessels, repair muscle tissue, and maintain collagen.
Also, Amaranth is one of the richest plant forms of protein available.
Amaranth’s nutty, pleasantly sweet flavour and its versatility make it a perfect choice for many recipes.
Amaranth is also an impressive source of:
- Vitamin C
Another reason why you need to have this amazing plant in your Raw Diet, is that Amaranth contains your daily dose of manganese, an important micronutrient, in a single serving.
Manganese plays a key role in more than 300 enzyme reactions in the body, including immune responses, hormone creation, and even blood and bone formation.
Health Benefits of Amaranth
High in Protein
Amaranth is one of the richest plant forms of protein available.
The protein is easily absorbed by the body and contains all amino acids — even lysine, which is often missing from cereal grains. Studies have shown that, in the plant kingdom, amaranth proteins are among the most similar to animal proteins.
Some allergic reactions lead to uncomfortable inflammation through the production of immunoglobulin E. Early studies show that amaranth can slow down the body’s production of immunoglobulin E, reducing inflammation.
How is it used?
Amaranth is very similar to quinoa. Both seeds are naturally gluten-free and very high in protein.
It’s often called a “pseudograin” because it’s not technically a grain but rather a seed. Exactly like quinoa. Amaranth was a staple food for the Aztecs and has been cultivated for thousands of years.
Like other cereal grains, amaranth can be prepared in its whole seed form or ground into flour. Since it’s gluten-free, amaranth flour is a popular ingredient with gluten-free bakers.
Amaranth can be enjoyed in both sweet and savoury recipes and in Raw Diet is cooked by soaking it overnight, similarly to cereal grains like oats.
This seed is much smaller than other common grains and is just slightly larger than a poppy seed in size.
Most amaranth is sold in dried form, so you can easily find it all year round.
If you’re growing your own amaranth, it’s ready for harvest if seeds easily fall away when you roll it between your hands. You can either dry the seeds or eat them fresh.
To keep amaranth for a long period of time, it’s best to seal it in an airtight container. If you want to use amaranth as flour, you can grind it in a food processor and freeze the result. It will stay fresh for 6 to 9 months in the freezer.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy amaranth as a part of your daily diet:
- Soak whole amaranth grain in a 3/1 ratio of water to amaranth to make porridge
- Add amaranth to your salads, veggies or grains for a protein boost
- Blend amaranth into a smoothie for a nutty flavour