Amaranth is an “ancient grain” that has been gaining popularity since the early 2000s.
Overall, this grain has an impressive nutrient profile and has ties to many different health benefits.
Amaranth is part of the grain family, a family that consists of over 60 grain species. People have been farming and eating this food for around 8,000 years. It was a staple crop for many early civilizations like the Aztecs and Incas.
Unlike wheat, amaranth is a pseudocereal. This technically means it is not a cereal grain. Amaranth has many similar properties, nutrients and uses, but it is not in the same “class” as wheat.
Amaranth has a nutty, or “earthy” flavor and is found in many granola bars, chips, breads, etc. Additionally, amaranth is gluten free, rich in protein, antioxidants, fiber and more.
If you haven’t tried amaranth, give it a try soon! It may open your eyes and taste buds to try new foods, or brands you’ve never heard of.