Amaranth or kiwicha (Amaranthus) is a gluten free grain containing a high amount of protein, iron, calcium, lysine, magnesium, fiber, and the list goes on.  It actually holds the highest amount of protein when compared to all other gluten free grain.

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Scientific Name: Amaranthus

Amount Per100 grams

Calories 103
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.6 g 2%
Sodium 6 mg 0%
Potassium 135 mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 19 g 6%
Dietary fiber 2.1 g 8%
Protein 3.8 g 7%
Calcium 4% Iron 11%
Vitamin B-6 5% Magnesium 16%


Nutritional values:

  • Among its main components is lysine, which is necessary for the construction of all proteins in the body.
  • It is also primarily responsible for calcium absorption, helps greatly in recovery from surgery, and sports injuries as well as encourages the production of hormones, enzymes and antibodies.
  • Helps lower cholesterol levels significantly in the blood.
  • Enhances mental development and stimulates the release of growth hormone, so it is advisable for child consumption.
  • Amaranth has dethroned milk as the queen of calcium. This is because 100 grams of Amaranth contain twice the amount of calcium than the same volume of milk. The absence of this protein results in weak bones and osteoporosis. In addition, very low levels of calcium in the blood increase the irritability of the fibers and the nerve centers, causing cramps.
  • Phosphorus is one of its components. Compound involved in vital functions of humans, regarded as an essential element for humans, the match is responsible for storing and transporting energy in our body. Its absence or low intake can produce tiredness and loss of concentration. Among other elements, we can find iron and vitamins A and C, which makes the “Kiwicha” a food with very high nutrients content.
  • With more proteins than corn, wheat and nearly triple the same proportion to that of milk.