Amaranth : The Best Grain For Women

Amaranth which is also known as chaulai, rajgira or ramdana in India is an ancient grain which has gained huge popularity off late. Amaranth as a grain has a very impressive nutrient profile and has been associated with a number of health benefits. Here in India it is mostly consumed during Navratri fasting because Amaranth is actually not considered as a grain. Amaranth instead is classified as a pseudo cereal which means it shares a comparable set of nutrients and can be used in similar ways as a cereal. Besides being incredibly versatile, this nutritious grain is naturally gluten free and rich in protein, fiber, micronutrients and antioxidants

Some basics about Amaranth

  • Amaranth is higher in protein and fiber as compared to quinoa
  • It is an ancient grain which is highly nutritious
  • Technically, amaranth is a seed and not a grain
  • It is known as Amaranth, Chaulai, Ramdana or Rajgira
  • Being a seed, it is highly consumed during the Navratra fasting
  • Amaranth is an excellent source of complete protein
  • Amaranth is used in a number of ways, it’s leaves are consumed, the grains (seeds) are used, flour is used and even puffed amaranth is readily used

Nutritional Value (1/2 cup cooked amaranth)

  • Calories                  :                  125
  • Carbs                    :                  22 grams
  • Protein                   :                  05 grams    
  • Fat                        :                  2.5 grams
  • Amaranth is very high in manganese, magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, phosphorous and potassium
  • It is also a vital source of vitamin K, all B group vitamins, vitamin E and vitamin C

Benefits of amaranth

  • Amaranth is easy to digest and is gluten free
  • It is very good for the brain health
  • Amaranth helps reduce stress and anxiety
  • It also helps maintain good mood and good neurological health
  • Amaranth helps develop strong bones because of calcium, potassium and phosphorus present in it
  • Amaranth is very high in antioxidants
  • It is an excellent source of protein and is high in lysine which helps in calcium absorption and has more protein than quinoa
  • Amaranth is thus a source of complete protein, it also has a very high concentration of amino acid
  • It helps inflammation
  • Amaranth is very good for your heart and eyes
  • It lowers and maintains the sugar levels in your body
  • Amaranth boosts immunity as it has high concentration of zinc
  • Amaranth also helps improve digestion as it is high in fiber and has laxative properties
  • It helps to fight anemia because of the high iron concentration in it

Beneficial for women

  • Amaranth is very good for women as it balances hormones in the body
  • It is good during and post pregnancy because of the high concentration of good nutrients in it
  • It is good for skin and hair because of Vitamins K and E present in it
  • It also supports weight loss as it has high concentration of nutrients, is very high in protein, high in fiber and low in calories

How to cook Amaranth ?

  • Amaranth leaves can be used to make saag, salads etc
  • Amaranth seeds are used to make porridge, salad etc
  • Popped amaranth is used to make bars, smoothies, instant breakfast and salads
  • Amaranth flour is used for making multigrain rotis, pancakes and cakes

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