Ingredients: 100% Amaranth Seeds
The Amaranth seed contains tocotrienols. It is a form of vitamin E. Hence, it can help lower cholesterol.
When cooked, it is 90% digestible. Traditionally, it is given to those who are recovering from an illness. It is also given to people after a fasting period.
Amaranth consists of 6—10% oil. It is found mostly within the germ. The oil is mostly unsaturated. It is also high in linoleic acid, which is important in nutrition.
The Amaranth seed has many uses including:
- It can be cooked in a cereal.
- It can be ground into flour.
- It can be popped like popcorn.
- It can be sprouted.
- It can be toasted.
- It can be cooked with other whole grains.
- It can be added to stir-fry recipes.
- It can be added to soups and stews.
Amaranth seeds can be the grain of choice for those who are allergic to wheat.
Since it contains no gluten, it is not good for making yeast breads by itself. It needs to be mixed with 75% flour for the yeast to rise. It will then yield a tastier, healthier bread recipe.
It also contains fairly high levels of poly-unsaturated fats. Therefore, it is a good idea to store them in the refrigerator right after opening the container. Package it in an air-tight container with oxygen absorbers to increase storage life significantly.
There are other health benefits of the Amarant seed.
It is a complete protein as it contains hefty levels of lysine. It is an amino acid. However, this is not readily contained in other gluten-free grains. This is not the case with the Amaranth seed.
It is also a great source of calcium. It has around twice the calcium found in milk.
It also contains loads of vitamin C and iron.
It can also work as an appetite suppressant. The protein found in the seed reduces insulin levels. This also releases hormones that makes the body feel less hungry.
The Amaranth seed is also a good source of fiber. It can aid in making us feel fuller after every meal. It can also help control blood sugar levels. It also adds flavor to food recipes.
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