Health benefits of amaranth water

Besides being delicious, amaranth water has many health benefits

Health benefits of amaranth water
English 20/08/2019 20:31 Paola Jiménez Mexico City Actualizada 20:31

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Amaranth is a food consumed in Mexico since the times of the Aztec. We usually eat it as the traditional sweet called “Alegría,” or we spread a bit of it in our fruit.

But you can also prepare delicious water with it. Here, we will tell you about the health benefits of drinking amaranth water thanks to the properties of this grain.

It contains antioxidants
Amaranth is known for being a food rich in antioxidants. A study published by the National Library of Medicine found that amaranth contains phenolic acids, which work like antioxidants, although the content of antioxidants is higher in the grain than when it is soaked to prepare different beverages, like its water.

It could reduce cholesterol levels
Cholesterol is a substance similar to fat which is all over the over, but when it is too much, it can accumulate in the blood and block arteries.

A study in animals showed that those who had amaranth in their diet reduced their level of cholesterol by 30%, however, studies in humans are yet to be analyzed how amaranth reduces cholesterol.

It is gluten-free
Another of the benefits of eating amaranth is that it is a grain that contains no gluten, contrary to wheat and rye. It is ideal for people with celiac disease; these people do not tolerate gluten and can have gases, diarrhea or abdominal distention.

 

It fights constipation
If you are a person with constipation, then we suggest you include amaranth in your diet and you can do so preparing water.

Amaranth is rich in fiber, which improves bowel movement. An article also mentions it can help you lose weight!

Fiber moves slowly through the intestinal tract, which makes you feel full longer.

It makes the liver work better
According to a study made in 2001, consuming amaranth has benefits for your liver. This food has a high level of amino acids, which are essential for the body and that can help the liver to work better.

Besides, it was found that amaranth can help protect the liver from the negative effects of drinking alcohol.

Here is a recipe for preparing amaranth water which is ideal for warm days:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of amaranth
  • ½ tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 liter of water
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 can of condensed milk

To prepare the water you just have to blend the condensed milk, the evaporated milk, the amaranth, and the ground cinnamon.

Then, pour the mix in a jug and add the liter of water little by little. Mix constantly so that all the ingredients are integrated.

Our recommendation is to refrigerate the water and to put some ice on it so that it is fresh. When serving, you can spread a bit of ground cinnamon.
 

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