Amaranth is a seed that has been in Mexico for a long time, since 4000 B.C. to be exact. In pre-Hispanic times both the Mayans and the Aztecs consumed it and it was an important part of their diet due to the nutrients it provides and warriors consumed it to become stronger, the Aztecs also used it in their religious rites and considered it sacred thanks to its resistance to droughts. It is estimated that they cultivated 20 thousand tons of this seed per year. With the arrival of the Spanish, this food was prohibited since it was considered pagan, they were sent to burn crops and its consumption was worthy of a punishment. Some historians think that this was a military strategy to keep the people weak and to easily conquer them, thanks to this, this seed was forgotten for many years.
Today, it is already a little more popular and in fact it is our main ingredient and it is not for nothing, amaranth was designated by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States as "The best food of plant origin for human consumption". This pseudocereal is the one that brings us the most benefits and belongs to the list of "50 foods of the future", it is considered to be of the future because it fights the challenges facing the food system, it presents a tangible solution that helps promote a model of more sustainable food. This means that in addition to generating a positive impact on the environment, they are accessible to people and have essential nutrients, not for nothing is it known as a superfood. A little of the benefits it brings us:
Gluten Free: It is correct! This means that anyone can incorporate the seed into their diet.
High in protein: It is a great source of essential amino acids. One cup of raw amaranth contains 28.1 grams of protein. In comparison, 1 cup of uncooked white rice contains 13.1 grams of protein. Not only that, the protein in amaranth "albumin" and "globulins" are an excellent source of high-quality protein.
Many nutritional properties !: Contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, folic acid and magnesium, as well as vitamin A, B1, B2 B3, C and fiber. Thanks to all this you can fight malnutrition, anemia, constipation, etc.
Low Cholesterol: Amaranth helps save lives; literally! The grain has been part of numerous studies for cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary heart disease and hypertension.