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Organic amaranth is a sweet, earthy, gluten-free grain. It's extremely high in protein, iron, and fiber, and a staple in gluten-free diets. Amaranth is a versatile grain that can be enjoyed as part of a satisfying hot breakfast, in delectable cookies, in savory soups, and more!
How to Cook Amaranth
Use 1/2 cup amaranth to 1 1/2 cups water, broth, or liquid. Combine amaranth and liquid in a pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes, until all of the water is absorbed.
Amaranth Cooking Ideas
There are many different methods to cook and eat organic amaranth, from cooking it like rice to popping it like popcorn!
1. A simple way to prepare amaranth is to boil it for about 15-20 minutes and add it to your morning cereal or toss it in a salad, similar to how you might eat couscous or quinoa.
2. You can also grind it into amaranth flour to use in baked goods, potentially toasting it to bring out more of its nutty flavor before your grind it.
3. A fun way to eat amaranth is to pop it and season it like popcorn.
4. Whole seed, cooked organic amaranth also goes well in soups, granolas, and breads.
Amaranth Health Benefits
1. Amaranth is a Protein Powerhouse: Amaranth is made up of 13-14% protein, and it easily contains 30% more protein than other grains. Amaranth contains the important amino acid lysine, which is not found in many grains and is vital for building muscle protein and helping the body run.
2. Amaranth Contains More Fiber Than Any Other Gluten-Free Grain: One cup of amaranth contains 18g of fiber, more than any other gluten-free grain. In comparison, buckwheat and millet contain 17g and white rice contains 2.4g.
3. Amaranth May Lower LDL “Bad” Cholesterol Levels: Amaranth is one of the few grains that contain phytosterols, nutrients that play a major part in the prevention of many kinds of disease and may lower LDL cholesterol levels. University of Guelph researchers discovered that amaranth contains all three major phytosterols, which have cholesterol-lowering properties. These findings are published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition.
4. Amaranth Reduces Inflammation: A 2008 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry identified the presence of bioactive peptides in amaranth, which are compounds that protect against inflammation associated with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
5. Amaranth is a Rich Source of Vitamins and Minerals: Amaranth is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals to keep your immune system strong and support your body's many functions. Amaranth boasts minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and vitamins A, C, K, B5, B6, folate, and riboflavin.
6. Amaranth is Easy to Digest: Cooked amaranth is 90% digestible, making it easy on the digestive tract and also enabling your body to effectively use amaranth's rich source of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
It is best to store organic amaranth in a tightly sealed container, preferably a glass jar, in a cool, dark, dry location. Do not store organic amaranth in a cabinet near a stove, oven or dishwasher. If stored properly, organic amaranth can have a shelf life of up to one year.
Amaranth in Space
In 1985, Amaranth literally took off! This grain took a ride out of the Earth's atmosphere on US Space Shuttle Atlantis' maiden voyage. Astronauts conducted tests growing amaranth on space and ate amaranth cookies during their mission.
Amaranth in History
Amaranth was the favored grain of the Aztec empire where it was also used in religious ceremonies. The Aztecs would use amaranth to build statues of their religious deities, such as their hummingbird god. At the end of the celebrations, the statue would be broken down and eaten. Hoping to discourage Aztec religious practices, the Spanish conquistadors banned the cultivation of amaranth and it grew only as a weed for hundreds of years. Amaranth was re-discovered in the 1970 and its popularity resurged because of the grain's high nutritional content.
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mary, welcome, Maryland October 14, 2013
“received the amaranth today, tried it on a small scale and think I'm going to enjoy its interesting flavor mixed with my regular oats.”
Rachel D Donaldson, Kentucky, USA August 29, 2013
“This is my second order from Nuts.com and I was just as happy with my purchase this time as I was the first go 'round. I ordered some amaranth, buckwheat, and kamut and I look forward to getting more whole grains in my diet. I made buckwheat last night and it was quick and easy, I will be ordering again. Of course, I had to get some sweets, too, so I got some chocolate covered pecans and cherry coke gummies. And of course, nuts. I ordered some pecans, walnuts and black walnuts in the shell (they are really hard to find out of season around here) and look forward to eating those out of hand. Great stuff!”
Donna, Temecula, CA August 1, 2013
“Received my order today. Used one item, it is fresh! Love your website and products. Have recommended your company to family. Prices are good too. Love the colorful bags to store in.”
Kathleen, Stillwater, ok April 6, 2013
“First of all, shipping and delivery went faster than expected. 4 days sooner than expected. BIG PLUS THERE! Packaging was real good. No broken bags, and the box was cute. I ordered 5 different products, Amaranth being the one I was most interested in. Not knowing how much the grains would swell during cooking, if at all I only cooked just under 1/4 C. for breakfast after my morning walk. (Turned out to be just he right amount for me.) After it was finished cooking, I added a few raisins, and touch (not even 1/2 tsp. ) of honey... was so good! I like how it cooked up more grainy. Was afraid it was going to be more like ... cream of wheat, was a nice surprise to see it was not. looking forward to trying this so many other ways than as breakfast. Will be ordering much larger amounts soon. Have already recommended the company to a friend.”
Kathy, Faith, SouthDakota March 26, 2013
“We are SO impressed with your speed of delivery for one thing! And we are VERY impressed with our product we received..Amaranth seeds. We WILL be back to order more from you! Thank you so very much, Gordie and Kathy Collins, Faith,SD.”
Ann Rose Greenberg, Silver Spring, MD March 22, 2013
“I can't say enough great things about Nuts.com! Every time I order, I'm amazed at how quickly my shipment arrives, and everything I've ever ordered has been delicious and fresh. And at such reasonable prices. The customer service is outstanding as well. I feel as if I'm ordering from a family not a company. Thank you! Keep doing what you do!”
Mary, Aurora, Co March 7, 2013
“Wow......as promised my order delivered!! I am so amazed and delighted with my order. I opened up my ginger right a way. It is so fresh, unlike what I have gnawed on before. AND to top that off.... a surprise from your company...WE LOVE dried mango!!
You will be my #1 place to order my nutritious grains and goodies. Went above and beyond my expectations!! Thanks so much...The Anderson Family
Kimberly, Grand Rapids, Michigan January 16, 2013
“Love, love, love... the goodies (yum!), the freshness (consistently!), the selection (awesome!), the speedy delivery (turbo!), the free sample (merci!), the fun packaging (rocks!). Always happy with everything I order from this buncha nuts. :) ”
Fay, locust valley, new york December 12, 2012
“Thank you so much for the very speedy delivery!!! Your packaging is adorable and very uplifting. Your products are fresh and delicious. I will be buying again from you. ”
Laura, Troy, OH September 8, 2012
“I found your website by accident while looking for amaranth. I love it. Thanks for such speedy shipping. I'm a fan and will be a repeat shopper at your "store" . I loved the free sample of quinoa. I've already cooked some.
Thanks for a great site. ”
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Melodie, Martville, NY August 23, 2014
“Good customer service is a rarity. Nuts.com has great customer service. Thank you! I had an order arrive on Saturday and one of the bags was damaged. I thought I'd have to wait until Monday for the issue to be resolved. I was wrong. By the end of Saturday everything was taken care of and I'm a happy customer who will definitely return thanks to the exceptional customer service at nuts.com”
Serving Size 28g (~1 oz.)
(Approx. 16.2 Servings/Pound)
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|Calories From Fat||15|
Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.
Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. It is ok to refrigerate.
Country of Origin: India
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