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Amaranthus, collectively known as amaranth, is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants. 

Although several species are often considered weeds, people around the world value amaranths as leaf vegetables, cereals, and ornamental plants.


Vegetable amaranth produces coleuslike green leaves overlaid with burgundy patches. Use the tender young leaves in salads and stir-fries and stew as you would to spinach. The leaves have a nutty, tangy flavor so are best mixed with other greens. The seeds are a favorite of nutrition-conscious cooks, especially vegetarians, who like its high protein and fiber content. 

Amaranth is one of the green leafy vegetable used by many Indian in their daily diet. It contains many vitamins minerals etc. It is the highly used green leafy vegetable after the spinach in India by Sambar, stirfry, poriyal ,KootuAmaranth leaves in Green Gram. It is widely available in India. Make use this Amaranth with yellow grams, red grams etc .Amaranth is available in many forms and with little variant.

Health Benefits of Amaranth

1. Amaranth is rich vitamin source food. It contains vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E and folic acid and vitamin C. These vitamins make it as popular green leafy vegetable in India.

2. It contains the many minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc etc. All this minerals are available in this.

3. Amaranth contains the proteins in higher level. It contains the proteins more than that of  oats, rice, wheat contains in them. Amaranth does not contain gulten many leafy vegetables contains this protein. It contains many aminco acids recommended for daily diet.

4. It contains the high fiber and essential amino acids .Both these are good to prevent the cancer .Fiber foods amaranth helps in control of cholesterol.

5. It is easily digestive food. It contains the fiber .Fiber is better digestible than the proteins and minerals and other. Boiled amaranth is highly used in many countries. It does not lose any vitamin, mineral, protein vales.

6. Amaranth contains vitamin C which is helpful in boost your immune system.

7. It boost your immunity that’s the reason its improves the disease prevention of the body by activating the white blood cells.

8. Amaranth helps the keeps your hair black. Its make your hair not to lose its original color quickly. It prevents to turn your hair becomes gray.

9. Amaranth contains the oxalic acid which is helpful in absorbing the minerals like zinc , calcium. Boiled amaranth is best for everyone. Over fried amaranth is not recommended.

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Nutrition Data for Amaranth leaves, raw (11003)

NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup1 leaf
Water91.69 g25.6732 g12.8366 g
Energy23 kcal6.44 kcal3.22 kcal
Protein2.46 g0.6888 g0.3444 g
Total lipid (fat)0.33 g0.0924 g0.0462 g
Carbohydrate, by difference4.02 g1.1256 g0.5628 g
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup1 leaf
Calcium, Ca215 mg60.2 mg30.1 mg
Iron, Fe2.32 mg0.6496 mg0.3248 mg
Magnesium, Mg55 mg15.4 mg7.7 mg
Phosphorus, P50 mg14 mg7 mg
Potassium, K611 mg171.08 mg85.54 mg
Sodium, Na20 mg5.6 mg2.8 mg
Zinc, Zn0.9 mg0.252 mg0.126 mg
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup1 leaf
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid43.3 mg12.124 mg6.062 mg
Thiamin0.027 mg0.00756 mg0.00378 mg
Riboflavin0.158 mg0.04424 mg0.02212 mg
Niacin0.658 mg0.18424 mg0.09212 mg
Vitamin B-60.192 mg0.05376 mg0.02688 mg
Folate, DFE85 µg23.8 µg11.9 µg
Vitamin B-120 µg0 µg0 µg
Vitamin A, RAE146 µg40.88 µg20.44 µg
Vitamin A, IU2917 IU816.76 IU408.38 IU
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)0 µg0 µg0 µg
Vitamin D0 IU0 IU0 IU
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)1140 µg319.2 µg159.6 µg
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup1 leaf
Fatty acids, total saturated0.091 g0.02548 g0.01274 g
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated0.076 g0.02128 g0.01064 g
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated0.147 g0.04116 g0.02058 g
Cholesterol0 mg0 mg0 mg
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2013. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page
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Just Cooking2014-04-29 11:05 (6 years ago.)

Thanks for the input, we will look into this.

J.Van Amburgh2014-04-29 09:54 (6 years ago.)

Could you PLEASE include the phonetic pronunciation of the items you are exhibiting. It would make SOOO much easier communicating with our green grocer, & not be embarrassed when he/she loudly for mispronouncing it's genious