Ancient Grains

Amaranth: Another Ancient Wonder Food, But Who Will Eat It?

National Geographic has published an article on this forgotten pseudo-cereal, asking important questions on how this grain can be brought back to its Aztec origins and help combat obesity and nutritional deficits in modern-day Mexico.

Grown by the Aztecs and then all but eliminated in the Spanish conquest, the ancient crop amaranth may become the next quinoa. Advocates hope amaranth can help Mexicans eat healthier, better connect to their roots, and lessen their impact on the environment. But will people eat it?

Apparently, bringing amaranth back on the radar may help boost local economies as well as cherish ancient heritage. Amaranth has been recommended by the World Health Organization as a well-balanced food and is being promoted amongst local non-governmental associations as a possible answer to Mexican society’s increasing health problems, especially regarding hypertension and heart disease.

Amaranth may be part of the solution. It is a whole, healthy food that can be produced locally, and it may create the possibility of change.

To view the entire article (in PDF format), click here: Amaranth: Another Ancient Wonder Food, But Who Will Eat it?.

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