Amaranthus almost burst into our stores. Very soon it turned out that it is a healthy and tasty plant. Added to this is the fact that amaranth can be used practically everywhere. What is it like to eat and why is it worth eating the grain of the 21st century (as it is often called)? Let's see.
Amarantus - what is it?
Amaranthus (amaranth) is a cereal-like plant, although according to botanical classification it is not. It was already cultivated by the Incas and Aztecs and considered sacred. During the war, eating amaranth mixed with the blood of enemies was supposed to add bravery and strength. For this reason, the Spanish monks at the time of the colonial conquests considered amaranth a pagan herb and forbid its cultivation. The plant, however, has survived and still occurs mainly in North and South America, Southeast Asia and in Africa. Amaranth is one of the oldest arable crops in the world. Some time ago, amaranth was rather forgotten and consumed rather sporadically. Today, people are much more aware of its properties. - says Michał Pelc, the owner of a health food store (drpelc.pl).
What is it with?
In the case of amaranth, not only grains are edible. You can also consume leaves and shoots, preparing them like spinach. These green parts, however, are very delicate and unstable. So it's a vain thing to look for fresh amaranth in our stores. Amaranth can be obtained in the form of grain, meal or in expanded form.
It is worth to reach for it. Roasted grain (popping) can be added to muesli, smoothies, yogurt, kefir, sprinkle with cottage cheese, salads and salads. Flour greatly enriches the dough or bread, giving them a slightly nutty flavor. Seeds, on the other hand, can be served like groats: for soups, stews, meats. Amaranth grains are cooked very simply. Put a glass of seeds in two glasses of water and cook under cover for softness on a very low heat.
Why is it worth eating?
There are many reasons to reach for this pseudo-stigma. It is rich in nutrients, vitamins and mineral salts. It has a lot of calcium, magnesium (which are easy to absorb), unsaturated fatty acids and liazine, necessary in the diet of children, the elderly, convalescents, or during the diet. It is unmatched in terms of iron content. It contains 5 times more than spinach!
Amaranth can also be recommended to people actively practicing sports, because it contains a lot of easily digestible starch (more than, for example, popular cornflakes), which makes dishes from it a great injection of energy before training. We should also remember that amaranth contains twice as much fiber as oat bran, which greatly affects the work of the intestines. It is also a source of excellent assimilable protein, along with meat and milk products. It is a perfect supplement to the diet of vegetarians or people who for various reasons do not consume milk in a traditional form.
Amaranth does not contain gluten, so it's perfect for people with celiac disease. The high content of squalene makes it work as a natural antibiotic, has bactericidal and fungicidal properties. Skawlen delays the aging process and lowers cholesterol.
Amaranth is an unusual plant, the grain of the 21st century and superfood - it contains many key nutrients for our body. This is why it is so important in the daily diet - especially the elderly, during periods of increased physical and mental effort, influenza seasons, reduced immunity.