The choice is increasingly made in favor of a healthy diet. It becomes the rule to give preference to products that help get rid of the diseases that have appeared and prevent the emergence of new ones. But at the same time, we are striving to eat not only healthy, but also tasty. Therefore, more and more products are being produced for adherents of healthy, wholesome nutrition, and in the assortment there are products rich in protein – the building material of cells. For the production of such products is increasingly chosen amaranth, a plant rich in protein, vitamins, fatty acids and other beneficial substances.
Amaranth protein and its participation in the body
Protein is on the list of the most important components of amaranth and is closest to the ideal level. Its meaning becomes clearer against the background of the definition of this substance: protein (protein) in Greek (protos) means “first”, “most important” and is rightfully considered the basis of the structure and vital activity of organisms. Without the participation of proteins is impossible:
• construction of cell walls, muscles and fibers;
• the existence of metabolic processes;
• the existence of energy exchange;
• strengthening immunity;
• full digestion of carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and microelements.
All proteins account for 15-20% of the body tissue mass.
Given the great importance of proteins in the life of the body, it is difficult to agree with some statements about the dangers of protein products in diabetes. It is believed that a large amount of protein in these products adversely affects the work of the kidneys. However, it should be borne in mind that renal tissue suffers due to constantly elevated blood glucose levels or its frequent and abrupt jumps. Since there is no special storage of protein in the body, such as subcutaneous tissue for fat or liver for carbohydrate glycogen, protein must be ingested daily.
In fact, protein in the diet of patients is needed even more than for healthy ones. In this case, its daily energy requirement is 15-20% versus 10-15%, and if you take into account body weight, then for every kilogram a person should receive from 1 to 1.2 grams of protein. With increased loss with urine or with reduced absorption due to intestinal disorders, the amount is increased to 1.5-2 g / kg. The same should be in the diet of women during pregnancy and feeding, as well as in the diet of children, and especially in adolescence. In case of kidney failure, the consumption of protein products is reduced to 0.7-0.8 g / kg, but if hemodialysis is necessary for the patient, the need for protein increases.
It is recommended to organize food in such a way as to prevent the occurrence of problems in the kidneys. So, keep in mind that the worst protein is absorbed in the evening, and better – from six in the morning until noon. Therefore, protein foods will benefit more in breakfast and lunch dishes. Given these features, you can safely include in the diet products based on amaranth, rich in protein, especially since today more and more products are made for supporters of healthy eating. In addition, such products with complex effects on the body helps:
• stabilize blood cholesterol levels;
• optimize hormonal balance;
• improve visual acuity;
• improve and tone the skin of the face and body;
• normalize hormones;
• improve the condition of hair and nails;
• prevent cancer.
Bread, sweet bars and other products on the basis of amaranth
Products made on the basis of flour or amaranth oil, which are rich not only in protein, but also in large amounts of vitamins, polyunsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, squalene and other useful substances, have become quite popular. This is not only a variety of taste qualities, but also enrichment of the body with useful substances. So, today several kinds of amaranth breakfasts are made on the basis of coarse amaranth flour with the addition of other components. They can be with white or dark chocolate, chocolate or creamy glaze, additionally fortified. They contain potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, and gluten is absent. According to reviews, such breakfasts are really fast, tasty and healthy. They are an excellent source of fiber and vegetable protein, cleanse the body of toxic and carcinogenic substances, improve digestion, stimulate the bowels, normalize the nervous system. Finished breakfasts can be combined with tea, juice, yogurt or milk.
Many adherents of a healthy diet liked amaranth bran on the basis of amaranth meal. They also include other types of flour: rice, corn, flax, milk thistle. These products are rich in minerals, most of which are calcium, phosphorus and potassium. 100 grams of bran contains 19 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of fat, 55 grams of carbohydrates and 3.3 grams of fiber. Gluten free in them. In addition to the classic sample, bran with additives from Jerusalem artichoke, kelp, sea kale, and buckwheat are also produced. Despite the variety of additives, the nutritional value of the product remains constant. Such bran can be eaten as a separate dish or added to salads, drinks, juices, kefir, yogurt, smoothies, soups and diet pastries.
Useful gluten-free bread amaranth “Di & Di”. They also include other types of flour: rice and corn flour. Each 100 g of product contains 7.3 g of protein, 1.5 g of fat, 74.3 g of carbohydrates and 0.7 g of fiber. Commodity producers offer several types of bread: with kelp, Jerusalem artichoke, buckwheat. Many users have noted the benefits of such products for gastrointestinal problems, diseases of the central nervous system, dermatitis. Fiber and carbohydrates are easily absorbed by the body and give a feeling of satiety, but at the same time the extra calories “pass by” and do not threaten with a set of excess weight. It is noticed that for those who want to lose weight it is enough to eat 3-5 pieces per day to get 35 g of fiber and burn 245 kcal. Therefore, you can safely for some time to abandon the loaves, white bread, buns and go on the loaves. It is useful to combine them with low-fat cottage cheese, vegetables, greens.
Cookies are also produced under the common name “Smart Sweets” based on amaranth flour with the addition of vegetable oils, stevia and other components. Depending on the type of cookie, it can be with the addition of cottage cheese or cocoa powder, have a different amount of energy value. Every 100 g of this type of product will give the body 7.0 g of protein, 18 g of fat and 48 g of carbohydrates. Such cookies are made without sugar, with stevia extract. This type of product does not contain gluten.
In the same series, you can find other sweets – amaranth bars with filling. Several types of them are made. It can be sweet bars with filling in the form of wild berries in the glaze, with strawberry, coconut or creamy filling in the glaze. The first component of these wholesome sweets is amaranth meal. With every 100 grams of this product, the body receives 8.3 g of proteins, 17.8 g of fat, 62.8 g of carbohydrates (not more than 5.0 g in terms of sucrose), and 3.5 g of fiber. As noted in the reviews, such bars are a good alternative to “harmful” sweets, and people who like good nutrition and who are watching their weight like it.