People who have gluten intolerance or are sensitive towards gluten knows the struggle of finding gluten-free options. Amaranth a gluten-free grain is in trend for all the right reasons. Being an Indian grain it is easily available in the form of daliya or flour. It is also known as chulai or ramdana which means gods own grain. As per Ayurveda, amaranth is kapha and pitta pacifying.
Other than being gluten-free it has various health benefits that have been listed below:
- Gluten-free: The obvious benefit of amaranth is that it is a gluten-free grain, meaning it works wonderfully for those who are sensitive towards wheat/gluten. It can be consumed even if you are not gluten intolerant as it helps relieve the unnoticed bloating usually caused by wheat.
- It has more protein than other grains: Surprisingly amaranth has more protein than oats. One cup of oats has approximately 26.1 gms protein while one cup of amaranth has 28.1 gms of protein.
- Lysine-rich: Lysine is an essential amino acid and amaranth is one for the very few grains that contain a high amount of lysine.
- Works wonders for hair loss and greying: Amaranth works wonderfully well for those suffering from hair loss and greying as the juice of amaranth leaves helps with the same. You just need to apply amaranth leaf juice after shampooing your hair for a few weeks and you will see a noticeable difference.
- Lowers risk of cholesterol and other cardiovascular diseases: It is fibre rich. The soluble and insoluble fibre present in the grain helps absorbing excess cholesterol and prevent artery blockage. An added bonus is that it is a boon for those suffering from constipation.
- Rich in calcium: It might be strange for you to know but amaranth has twice the amount of calcium as milk, making it great for those suffering from osteoporosis.
- High on antioxidants and minerals: It is one of the rare grains rich in vitamin C, also it is rich in vitamin A, folate, vitamin E, magnesium, iron, phosphorous and potassium.
- Aids weight loss: Along with being an appetite suppressant, it helps to control the insulin levels which in turn makes you feel full for longer, making it a perfect grain for those seeking weight loss.
Amaranth is usually available in the form of seeds and flour. Flour can be used to make rotis and Cheelas, while to cook seeds take 1 cup of amaranth and 2 1/2 cups of water boil it for 15-20 minutes and then use it to prepare porridge and salads.