Why kids should eat Amaranth

Amaranth Amaranthus Caudatus is a rapidly growing Amarantácea plant with leaves, stems and purple flowers; this coloration is due to the presence of Betacaine’s. Its colorful flowers sprout from the main stem which sometimes measures up to 90 cm, creating colorful fields. There are about 1200 varieties still maintained in the Andes.

Amaranth easily adapts to different environments; it has an efficient type of photosynthesis which allows it to grow quickly not requiring much maintenance. Normally it grows at altitudes between 1,400 and 2,400 meters. But currently it is cultivated in different countries. It is sown in Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Guatemala, Mexico and even in South Africa. However, Peru is the leading producer where the ancestral species are harvested mainly in the valleys of Cusco, Ancash, Ayacucho, Huancavelica and Arequipa.

So how does Amaranth help children grow? Well, It encourages the production of hormones, enzymes and antibodies, enhancing mental development which stimulates and releases growth hormone, which why it is advisable for child consumption. Among its main components is lysine an amino acid known for helping the body and brain grow, it is actually necessary for the construction of all proteins in the body. Amaranth has taken over as king of calcium, knock milk off it's throne. This is because 100 grams of Amaranth contain twice the amount of calcium than the same volume of milk. The absence of this protein results in weak bones and osteoporosis. This special grain, Kiwicha, also helps lower cholesterol levels significantly in the blood, and because of it's calcium absorption properties, it helps greatly in recovery from surgery, and sports injuries as well. So maybe you should let your kids play football, with bones this strong you will play ball like an Inca warrior. This power food also contains phosphorus which is known for storing and transporting energy in our body. The absence of phosphorus or low intake can produce tiredness and loss of concentration. Among other elements, we can find iron and vitamins A and C, which makes the “Kiwicha” a food with very high nutrients content and with more proteins than corn, wheat and nearly triple the same proportion of milk not only do you help your family grow strong but can save money and time while at the grocery store. No wonder the spanish banned this ancient grain.

In today's society we use Amaranth in many ways we may not know. In medicine it contains proteins capable of eradicating colon cancer, also useful in altered psychological states and situations of fear. It has been discovered that the extract of its seeds oil, can help treat diabetes. Amaranth can combat osteoporosis and anemia. In diet foods the extracts are used to produce light mayonnaise, dressings and can serves as dietary laxative, which also does not contain cholesterol.

The amaranth seed is a hard tiny grain that is impossimple to chew if you eat it raw, so to comsume you mut pop or boil it. To pop amaranth we take the seeds and place it in a pan. You then put the burner at a medium high level, it's actually similar to making popcorn, which makes you think, is amarath corn? No it is not, but it is a cousin of the corn family. To cook the grain in boiling water you can just add it to water similar to rice or add it to your favorite soup instead of noodles.

A video on how to pop amaranth at home.

In the end it's great for memory, since this super cereal helps by balancing calcium, phosphorus and magnesium levels, it can keep your brain in good condition.
Lysine, an amino acid of high biological value, helps memory, high intelligence and learning, so it is recommended that children bring a stick of amaranth to school as a snack. Together we can help bring this food back and economically save money while also making our future generations grow strong both mentally and physically.