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L'amaranth, food with a thousand beneficial virtues, is highly appreciated in Italian gastronomy; it can be used in soups, side dishes, to prepare both sweet and savory, rustic flans, etc. Let's see in detail the properties contained in this super food.
Amaranth contains an essential amino acid lacking in other cereals, lysine. It is a vital substance for the absorption and fixation of calcium in the bones. Lysine is also one of the two amino acids that make up keratin (lysine and cysteine), a fundamental protein for health and hair growth.
Amaranth also contains a fair amount of fiber, a fundamental nutrient for fighting intestinal problems; in fact, they help prevent constipation thanks to the increase in fecal mass and the decrease in intestinal transit.
The constant intake of amaranth can help in weight control: since the fibers increase the mass of food ingested without adding calories, it has an effect of satiety and decreased appetite
Modest the presence of Mineral Salts such as iron (11mg / 100gr), calcium (490mg / 100gr) and phosphorus (470mg / 100gr), as well as magnesium, arginine, alanine, serine, glutamic acid, aspartic acid.
Amaranth, gluten-free food
Unlike cereals, amaranth is gluten-free; those suffering from celiac disease or gluten intolerance can therefore introduce amaranth into their diet. Also on sale there are also amaranth flours that can be used instead of traditional ones to prepare bread and related foods.
Amaranth, where to buy it
Amaranth can be found in shops selling organic or natural products or in herbalist's shops at a cost of about 10 euros per kilo.
How to take amaranth
Amaranth grains are generally boiled but as they tend to aggregate in the form of a gelatinous mass, it can be unwelcome. To avoid this, we can cook it together with other cereals (for example barley or rice), to the extent of 15-20%. The amaranth should be boiled for 30 minutes in a quantity of water equal to 3 times that of the beans
Another widespread cooking method is that of roasting the beans; just pour a drizzle of oil into a non-stick pan and let it heat then add the amaranth grains, cover with a lid, and wait for the toasting to take place in the same way as popcorn.
Amaranth oil, which is obtained by pressing the grains, contains a high amount of linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid essential for our body.