Originally published February 14 2012
When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the Americas, they forbade the cultivation of two of the world's best sources of vegetable protein
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
(NaturalNews) The indigenous peoples of the Americas domesticated a variety of superfoods that took on important roles in their culture. Two of these are starting to gain worldwide recognition today as foods packed with protein and other essential nutrients: quinoa and amaranth. Both were banned by Spaniards who were scornful of their use in native religious ceremonies.
Both quinoa and amaranth are especially high-protein grains, containing eight to nine grams per one cup serving. Surprisingly, the protein they provide is nutritionally complete -- meaning that it has all the essential amino acids in the ratios needed by the human body -- a trait that is very rare in plant foods. Although quinoa and amaranth can be used like grains in cooking, they are not members of the grass family and are completely safe for people with gluten or corn allergies. To top it off, both also produce edible leaves.
Only now are Westerners really starting to appreciate the potential of these crops, particularly amaranth. While quinoa is hard to grow outside of its native mountain environment, amaranth grows so easily that it is actually regarded as a weed in some areas.
Editor's note: I grow amaranth in Texas and used to grow it very successfully in South America. Purple amaranth produces a fine grain that can be used to make soups or ground into an added source of flour for breads and pancakes. It's also great food for free-range chickens!
Source: 25 Amazing Facts About Food, authored by Mike Adams and David Guiterrez. This report reveals surprising things about where your food comes from and what's really in it! Download the full report (FREE) by clicking here. Inside, you'll learn 24 more amazing but true facts about foods, beverages and food ingredients. Instant download of the complete PDF. All 25 facts are documented and true.
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