Amaranth as called rajgira in Marathi is part of regular Indian diet; specially on fasting days.
Rajgira plants are classified as pseudocereals that are grown for their edible starchy seeds, but they are not in the same botanical family as true cereals, such as wheat and rice but it shares a comparable set of nutrients and is used in similar ways.
Amaranth can be sprouted to enhance digestion and mineral absorption. Cooked amaranth can be used in many different dishes.
Although amaranth has only recently gained popularity as a health food, this ancient grain has been a dietary staple in certain parts of the world for millennia.
In a 100-gram of raw amaranth provides 317 kilocalories of energy.
Amaranth is a moderately rich source of dietary minerals, including 159 mg calcium, 2.9 mg Zinc, 557 mg phosphorus, 508 mg potassium, 248 mg magnesium, 3.4 mg manganese, and 7.6 mg iron. Cooked amaranth is 75% water, 65 gms carbohydrates, 14 gms protein, 7 grams fiber and 7gms fat And a good source of Vitamin B.
– Amaranth is high in several health-promoting antioxidants, such as gallic acid, p-hydroxybenzoic acid and vanillic acid, which may help protect against disease. These are the antioxidants which may help protect against diseases like heart disease and cancer.
– Inflammation is a normal immune response designed to protect the body against injury and infection.
– However, chronic inflammation can contribute to chronic disease and has been associated with conditions like cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disorders. Eating Amaranth Could Reduce Inflammation. Several studies have found that amaranth could have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body.
– Amaranth may help lower cholesterol levels.
– Amaranth helps in weight loss. If you’re looking to shed a few extra pounds, you may want to consider adding amaranth to your diet. Amaranth is high in protein and fiber, both of which can aid your weight loss efforts. Also, the fiber in amaranth may move slowly through the gastrointestinal tract undigested, helping promote feelings of fullness. Both these properties help reduce appetite and increase weight loss.
– Amaranth is a nutritious, gluten-free grain that is a suitable dietary addition for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Gluten is a type of protein that is found in grains such as wheat, barley, spelt and rye. For those with celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an immune response in the body, causing damage and inflammation in the digestive tract. Those with gluten sensitivity may also experience negative symptoms, including diarrhea, bloating and gas.
So enjoy this psudocereal for it’s health benefits!
For yummy recipe made with Amaranth check the post on Sunday.
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