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Amaranth has a history longer than Quinoa and can be thought of as quinoas smaller cousin. Originally grown by preColumbian cultures in MesoAmerica, the cultivation of Amaranth was banned by conquistadors for thousands of years. It is now making a comeback as its value as a healthy food option is becoming well recognized. Like Quinoa, Amaranth is also a seed, and is very nutrient dense. For 1 cup of Amaranth there are 28 grams of protein. Amaranth contains 77% unsaturated fatty acids, which makes Amaranth an easier to digest alternative to red meat. Amaranth is so dense per cup, it has been recommended to mix with other grains to eat, which is exactly what we have done.
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