I am sure you have previously heard of ancient superfoods that kept our ancestors bodies in a good shape.
Such foods ensured the vitality of indigenous cultures.
Interestingly enough, ancient superfoods are currently enjoying a much-deserved resurgence since they are again being acknowledged by modern nutritional science.
In this article I will reveal a few interesting facts about amaranth, a grain used by the Aztec people (who dominated large parts of Mesoamerica from the 14th to 16th centuries) for both feeding and religious purposes.
So, what gave amaranth the status of a „superfood”? What special properties does it incorporate?
According to the Whole Grains Council, amaranth has been shown to reduce cholesterol, it contains high levels of vitamin C as well as a remarkable level of proteins. The grain does not contain gluten and includes more essential amino acids than any other plant source.
Moreover, researchers claimed that “amaranth is among the highest in nutritive quality of vegetable origin and close to those of animal origin products”.
The supergrain consumed by Aztecs can be prepared in various ways. It can be kept in its natural state, cooked as a breakfast cereal or added to soups. It can also be ground into flour and used to bake bread. In addition, it can be popped, without using any oil. Your children will love the adorable, miniature popcorn.
Amaranth is frequently used by the Mexican people to prepare a street food called alegria. If you have the chance to try this food, I am sure you will find it delicious. It contains popped amaranth, honey and nuts, pumpkin seeds, chocolate bits as well as a pinch of sea salt.
All in all, I hope I have convinced you that it’s worth to try this food and decide whether or not it deserves to be added in the „superfood” category along with other ancient superfoods such as quinoa, chia seeds and goji berries .
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