One of the nutritional powerhouse that we seem to forget about is the plain and simple amaranth. Our grandmothers definitely knew about this and we can still find it being included in their recipes. But somehow, over a period of time, avocados, kale, oats and other western ingredients became more important for us than the grains and veggies grown in our local backyard. Amaranth is one such super-ingredient that had lost its prominence in the recent years, though lately there has been a small spike of interest in it, mainly due to famous dieticians recommending it more.
So, why should you include this in your daily food plan? Well, we bring you the low-down on this special ingredient.
Amaranth is high in protein and has an abundance of nutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Also, this is the only grain to have vitamin C. It also has lysine, an amino acid, that helps to absorb calcium. Since it contains 2x more calcium than milk, it can reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
High on iron, this grain also has a positive impact on anaemic patients. The vitamin A in it improves vision and prevents night blindness. Zinc, a mineral known to boost your immune system, is found in this grain, making it suitable for children and older individuals who may be more susceptible to allergies and infections.
Hair & Skin
With vital minerals and vitamins in place like iron, folate, selenium etc., this royal grain ensures that your skin and hair shine with good health. It can also help to prevent premature greying of hair as well as male pattern baldness. You can use the juice of its leaves or even the oil and apply it to your hair. Similarly, use the oil for your skin as a mild cleanser before taking a bath or moisturise your skin with it.
Of course, like all natural ingredients, this too will take time for the difference to show. But don’t give up, as the results will definitely wow you.
Aids Weight Loss
This whole grain is full of fibre, ensuring that you stay satiated for a longer duration. It slows absorption of sugar and even aids digestion. Moreover, the amino acid – lysine also metabolises fatty acids. Gluten free is another added advantage of this ingredient, making it fit for consumption for almost everyone.
How to use the superfood amaranth?
- Amaranth porridge can serve as the perfect breakfast option
- You can even make flour out of the grain and use it to make parathas, puris and more. Making the flour is quite easy at home. Simply pop the grains on a tawa, then grind them in a quality mixer grinder
- Rajgira chikkis and ladoos are something sweet to indulge in for your dessert. Just use a kadai on a Bajaj gas stove or induction cooktop to make it at home
Now that you know the plethora of benefits this grain offers, make sure to include it in your daily diet for a healthier you.