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Amaranth

Also Known As : Chinese Spinach, Callaloo, Chaulai, Lal sag, Thotakura, ramdana
Technical Name : Amaranthus

Vegetarian

Taste Profile

It has an earthy, nutty flavour.

Usage Tips

  1. The fresh one should be thoroughly washed and refrigerated.
  2. It can be used in baking as a substitute to regular flour or whole wheat flour.
  3. One can prepare gluten-free baking products.
  4. It can also be used for making detox concoctions.

Common names and forms

  1. Amaranth Mix
  2. Amaranth Seeds
  3. Amaranthus
  4. Amaranthus ( Cheera)
  5. Amaranthus (Rajagra)
  6. Amaranthus Cruentus
  7. Organic Amaranth
  8. Organic Whole Grain Amaranth
  9. Rajgira
  10. Ramdana/seel

Description

Amaranth a pseudocereal that is a non-grass, used like a cereal, which supposedly has been drawn into fashion in recent times with its very nutritional baggage has been primed as a superfood. It is spherical and flattened lenticular in shape and structure in myriad colour; say pink, red, yellow, brown, black, white, green, purple. It has a life span of one year, and its major flowering season is from summer to autumn. Moreover, having been a native to Central and South America, it is also cultivated in a warm environment. Its every existence records back to the prehistoric era, it was supposedly used for medicinal use and as ceremonial face and body paint. It was also used in Mesoamerica in ritual drinks and food. And was put on high regard by the Aztecs, who mad statute of god with the amaranth, all this took place before the Spanish conquest. On having such wide footings all across the globe, it is also brought into the play in the very culinary world.

Health benefits

  • Amaranth is said to possess multiple nutrients, one amongst them is calcium, and hence that builds the bone structure, and prevents the onset of osteoporosis, in which the bone get so weakened that it gets fractured.(1)
  • As it is high on fibre, it smoothens the very digestion process, thereby facilitates an efficient uptake of minerals that suits as a necessity.(2)
  • It’s a pretty well-known fact that amaranth is gluten-free, therefore people constrained with celiac disease or gluten intolerance can consume them as a viable alternative to grain source.(2)
  • Amaranth stands out in the league, with the presence of vitamin C, which is found in very few grains, it validates great potentials of boosting the immune system. And happens to be very beneficial in repairing damaged cells.(3)

Selection Guide

At the time of purchase, one should always look for blemish-free ones, not succumbed to discolouration.

Note

Irrespective of the fact that amaranth does not carry any major fatal side effects, but still under certain circumstances, it is advisable to forbid its consumption in the raw form as there are few oxalates and nitrates on the grain that might be fatal for some people. Moreover, people suffering from hypoglycemia are asked to keep themselves off to the consumption of amaranth because it has the ability to lower insulin.(4)

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