AMARANTH: SUPER PRODUCT OR JUST NUTRITIONAL SEED?

Автор - | 05.02.2019

We continue to acquaint you with the materials of foreign resources and the media, which tells about the benefits of amaranth. Today we bring to your attention the article from Australia, translated and adapted.

Amaranth, also known in the kangaroo country as Kivich, is considered to be a unique superfood. He received this title due to the special nutritional value of his seeds, which saturate the body with useful microelements and vitamins, but at the same time help to fight excess weight.

Ancient amaranth seeds
Ancient seeds and grains from distant corners of the Earth are always in high demand due to their superproductive qualities, exceptional “strength”, the ability to beneficially affect the human body.07

Amaranth (or Kivich in Peruvian), an ancient pseudo-grass from South America, which is 8,000 years old. He was known in the heyday of the Aztec Empire.

At the moment, amaranth is just one of many food products available for sale and received the popular name “superfood”. Accredited practicing nutritionist Joel Feren talks in detail about the plant. He says that although amaranth is a rather specific seed, it is not a superfood. “The ancient grains are gradually returning lately,” says Joel Feren, spokesman for the Association of Nutritionists of Australia

Currently amaranth is a forgotten product. However, people are looking for products that differ from each other. But at the same time, according to him, amaranth is not a superfood.

Why does he speak so confidently about this? It’s simple – because no food can provide a person with all the necessary nutrients.

“Amaranth has a really impressive nutritional profile, and it should be considered as part of a healthy balanced diet along with a number of other products,” explains Feren. But according to him, such an impression of amaranth in humans was formed for one reason. Its seeds are pseudo grain. That is, amaranth can be a substitute for wheat or rice. And because it is a suitable product for people who follow their diet.

“It could probably be classified as pseudo-grains, because it has similar characteristics with grains such as wheat, some other cereals in terms of nutritional properties. In addition, amaranth is a good source of fiber, vitamin A, folate, thiamine, iron, zinc, calcium, copper, manganese and potassium. ”

But still about the unique features of amaranth
Also, a nutritionist says that amaranth oil, obtained from the seeds of a plant, has a positive effect on human health:

  • strengthens the heart;
  • significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases;
  • acts as a preventive natural remedy for hypertension.

Note! And amaranth seeds are very rich in protein. They contain about 15% of high quality vegetable protein.

Another significant advantage, according to Feren, is that amaranth also contains 10 essential amino acids. This makes it a valuable source of nutrients for vegans and vegetarians (they will get these substances from amaranth, not from meat). In addition, there is no gluten, and therefore amaranth is suitable for people suffering from celiac disease (gluten / gluten intolerance).

Amaranth products for a wide range of consumers
Jeff Lewis, owner of Our Organics & Gluten Free, sells amaranth cereals, flakes, seeds, and flour. This is both retail sales and deliveries to restaurants, catering stores.

Note! According to him, a cup of raw amaranth will give the human body about 13 grams of dietary fiber.

Lewis adds that a seed that has a light nutty flavor is very easy to prepare. For example, use instead of traditional rice.

“Just replace rice with amaranth, and also use it instead of couscous. You can use it as a cereal for breakfast, in soups, slow dishes and granola bars. Amaranth seed does not completely soften after cooking: it remains crispy. ”

Lewis says that amaranth flour is in high demand among consumers. And all thanks to its versatile use. Amaranth grain and spoon

He advises using flour to make something gluten-free – from bread to desserts. But amaranth flour alone is not suitable. If you cook only from amaranth flour, the dish will crumble, become dense and “heavy”. Therefore, baking powder should be added to the recipe, for example.

Research amaranth flour
In a study conducted in 2013, the effect of replacing wheat flour with whole amaranth flour was studied. This was done to determine whether amaranth flour is a nutritious ingredient for mass production of bread.

The researchers found that the inclusion of amaranth flour in bread dough significantly increased its content:

  • squirrel;
  • lipids;
  • dietary fiber;
  • and minerals.

However, bread made from amaranth flour became dense.

According to the research, it was concluded that amaranth flour can be used for the production of bread, but it should be limited to 20 grams for every 100 grams of wheat flour. This restriction is necessary in order to maintain both the quality of the product and the nutritional value.

Note! A new study points to the fact that it is realistic to lose weight, even if you constantly have only one pasta. But if these pasta are made from amaranth!

Amaranth critique: high carbohydrate content
However, critical publications were also sent to the amaranth. They relate to the high content of carbohydrates in it. But it has been established that truly healthy food can only be considered as such if it contains no carbohydrates.

That is why some Australian bloggers have noted that, in general, amaranth is a good product. But according to bloggers, it is not worth considering it as a superfood because it contains a large amount of carbohydrates.

And we must admit that this is true. Food content, nutritional value will vary depending on the product, the prepared dish, one cup of cooked amaranth, estimated by the same bloggers, contains about 40 grams of carbohydrates.

A study published in the journal Food Science says that this is most likely due to the low content of resistant starch. Amaranth also tends to completely lose its crystalline and granular starch structure during heating.

A study published in Springer tried to test whether the glycemic index of amaranth can be reduced by combining it with wheat flour and rice in different proportions. Aranth-on-spoon-1296×728

The study used a non-insulin dependent diabetic. Research has shown that amaranth and wheat in a 25:75 diet can be considered as food with a low glycemic index.

But accredited practicing nutritionist Joel Feren believes that the ancient seeds should not be forgotten again only because of their high carbohydrate content. After all, amaranth contains a large amount of other nutrients and nutrients.

“Often we are too hung up on one food, losing sight of the other,” says Feren. “Amaranth has an excellent nutritional profile, and for this reason it cannot be cast aside. It is just another alternative to wheat, rye, and bulite. Products like these should really be used. We must avoid the high carbohydrate content of these wonderful seeds because they can add a lot of healthy food to the diet. ”

In conclusion: what we want to point out regarding Australian journalists
The article by Australian journalists does not provide which sort of amaranth was used for research. And because the data is too general. In addition, there are a number of sound and evidence-based studies that prove the benefit of amaranth in the treatment and prevention of diabetes, in both children and adults.

Therefore, the article on the Australian site, although it proves the general benefit of amaranth for the body, notes its high nutritional value, leaving a slight feeling of understatement after reading.

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