Amaranth is a high-protein, mineral-rich, gluten-free grain. When cooked, it has a gelatinous texture and makes a delicious hot breakfast cereal.
To cook, mix 1 cup amaranth with 2-1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. Mix in berries, banana, apple, or other fruit a few minutes before cooking is complete. Amaranth can also be sprouted.
Nutritional data for cooked amaranth is unavailable. 1/3 cup of uncooked amaranth makes approximately 1 cup of cooked amaranth.
|Serving size:||1/3 cup, uncooked|
|Region:||Central and South America|
|Bones||Helps prevent and treat osteoporosis due to high levels of calcium, magnesium, and iron.|
|Memory||Whole grains are a great source of folate, B vitamins, and zinc, all of which improve brain function, including memory.|
|Iron||3.9 mg||26%||Found in whole grains only. Milling and refining grains removes almost all of the iron.|
|Omega-6 Fatty Acids||1842 mg||N/A|
|Protein/Amino Acids||9.4 g||19%||An excellent source of all essential amino acids.|
|Vitamin B9/Folate||31.8 mcg||16%|