Amaranth is a group of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. Prior to the discovery of America, he was next to corn, potato and bean the basic crop plant, recognized by the Incas and Aztecs as a sacred plant. Recently, it has been rediscovered in many countries, more and more often called the cereal of the 21st century. Cultivated forms of amaranths produce up to 50 cm inflorescence giving approx. 50,000 cream-colored, golden or pink. The seeds are characterized by a high protein content (17-21%) rich in lysine and methionine. the biological value of amaranth protein is about 75%, which exceeds the biological value of milk protein (73%), barley (62%), wheat (56%) and maize (44%). Amaranth oil contains very well absorbed essential fatty acids, tocotrienol and squalene. Amaranth seeds are also rich in iron, calcium and magnesium.
Amaranth has particularly high nutritional and health benefits
– high protein content (the highest of all cereal plants), the protein contains all the essential amino acids,
– unsaturated fatty acids important in reducing the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease,
– tocotrienols and digestive fiber lowering cholesterol,
– a high content of squalene that delays aging of the body,
– twice as much fiber as oat bran,
– non-fermenting food fiber reducing the risk of cancer;
– high content of nutritious minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and a significant amount of vit. from group B and wit. A, E and C,
– does not contain gluten, so it can be a valuable component of the diet of children suffering from celiac disease.
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