Amaranth

Nutritional Value

Amaranth proves to be one of the best suited crops to address certain health problems globally. Seeds are 13 to 15 percent protein, among the highest for any grain. Amaranth seeds are also high in fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamins A and C.

In addition, combining amaranth seeds with corn, a major component of the local diet, forms a complete protein. Leaves are edible, containing more calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C than spinach, in addition to the high levels of folate and other nutrients present in the seeds.

Purpose

The Amaranth Institute, a non-profit organization, includes individuals, partnerships, firms corporations or associations who deal, in whole or part, with the growing, importation, processing, grinding and distribution of amaranth seeds, vegetable amaranth and amaranth processed products. Members of the Amaranth Institute netwowk include farmers, educators, researchers, food ingredient processors, health food professionals and industry representatives.

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