A gluten-free grain that everyone can enjoy.You're not alone if you're not exactly sure what amaranth is or haven't cooked with it before. This ancient grain-a staple of the Aztecs-was nearly forgotten about, but amaranth is now having a long-overdue resurgence, primed to be the next big superfood (and for good reason!).
As important as corn and beans are to the Aztecs, amaranth was among the first solid foods given to Aztec babies, and an integral part of prayer and religious rituals-until the Spanish conquistadores deemed such practices sacrilegious and banned them entirely.
Thereafter, the cultivation of amaranth more or less came to a complete standstill-relegated, says Florisa Barquera, M.D., a member of the nutrition advisory board of Herbalife and the Mexican Academy for Obesity, to small, mountainous regions of Mexico and the Andes and virtually grown in secret.
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