Amaranth is a superfood that is used in many Mexican recipes such as alegrías. It is one of the oldest crops in the Americas with traces dating back to 4000 BC.
The Aztec, Mayan and Inca cultures dedicated part of their crops to amaranth, which is why it is a common food until our times since they used it in sacred ceremonies mixing it with honey to form figures of deities.
Its nutritional value has made it be considered a superfood since it has greater nutritional potential than many vegetables thanks to its richness in minerals, proteins and because it is a food that resists drought.
At Nochiola we not only love the taste of amaranth, we also know its nutritional value; That is why our products such as amaranth churritos are part of our family of healthy snacks.
In addition, this tiny food is a great source of amino acids and is a good option to increase the consumption of plant-based proteins since it provides twice the protein of brown rice.
benefits of amaranth
We tell you some of the benefits of amaranth and why consuming it can help your body.
- Helps improve physical performance
It is recommended for those who perform physical and intellectual activity as it helps improve performance.
- It is rich in minerals
Amaranth is rich in minerals and trace elements. It is a great source of calcium (superior to other cereals).
- High fiber content
Its fiber content promotes digestion and cares for the intestinal flora.
- Suitable for coeliacs
The main component of this seed is carbohydrates, which are in the form of starch without containing gluten.
- low glycemic index
Its low glycemic index makes it a good choice for diabetics.
- Ally to regulate cholesterol levels
Regulates blood cholesterol levels by preventing the reabsorption of cholesterol produced by bile. And it has phenolic compounds, with an antioxidant effect, which help to lower cholesterol.
- strengthens the bones
Its mixture of magnesium, phosphorus and calcium strengthens the bone system and helps prevent osteoporosis.
- iron source
It provides a greater amount of iron to spinach that stimulates the immune system.