The name Amaranthus comes from the greek “ảμápavτos” which means “always alive” referring to the inflorescence bracts that never fade. (Huertas & Camargo, 1976, cited by Agudelo-H, 2008).
Amaranth contains between 13 and 18% protein and the major essential amino acids: Arginine, Lysine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Threonine, Valine, phenylalanine, histidine, tryptophan. Also concentrates large proportions of minerals, so that nutritionists have even compared it with breast milk (FAO).
It has Vitamin C and Folic Acid and is one of the rare products that has a high concentration of “squalene”, vital for a healthy skin, like Omega 3. That is why Amaranth is used also in the cosmetic industry.
Is gluten-free, with antioxidant and antifungal properties. It´s glicemic index (GI) is very low, which help people with overweight and diabetics. It is also good to low blood pressure.
You can consume Amaranth in a wide range of dishes: drinks, soups, desserts, flour, pastas, bread, cookies, crackers, creams, oils etc. Just try it and enjoy it´s wonderful benefits.