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Stem Amaranth 5 gm

Technically amaranth is a seed not a grain.

The amaranth family (Amaranthaceae) includes the previously separate family of the beets and spinaches, the Chenopodiaceae. Amaranth is not related to the Graminae, the real grains.

Compared to other grains amaranth seeds have a much higher content of the minerals calcium, magnesium, iron and of the amino acid lysine. (Grains are usually low in that, corn has none. Most people get their lysine from meat.)

Amaranth seeds are also high in potassium, zinc, vitamins B and E and can contain over 20% protein (depending on the variety).

You can find amaranth grain in health food stores or the health food aisles of supermarkets in the form of amaranth flour and the popped seeds as amaranth cereal.

I never tried the flour (I don’t cook or bake much, if at all). But I can tell you that amaranth cereal is delicious.

Amaranth leaves are nutritionally similar to beets, Swiss chard and spinach, but are superior (as is usually the case when you compare “wild” plants to highly bred commercial varieties.)
For example amaranth leaves contain three times more calcium and three times more niacin (vitamin B3) than spinach leaves. Or twenty times more calcium and seven times more iron than lettuce, which simply isn’t all that nutritious.



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