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The Cancer-Fighting, Disease-Preventing Superfoods You've Gotta Try in 2014
Move over, acai and quinoa. Meet the new powerhouse grains, seeds and berries making health news headlines
The gluten-free, grain-like seed you haven't tried. Similar in texture to quinoa, amaranth has an earthy, nutty flavor. Although it looks and tastes a lot like a grain, amaranth is actually the seed of a vibrant red flower -- pretty is as pretty does, right?
Have a family history of cancer? Amaranth is plentiful in lysine, an amino acid that has been shown to cause cancer cells to destroy themselves. A seed that causes cancer to self-destruct? Essential amino acid, indeed. If you're a gym rat, bulk up with amaranth instead of a protein shake -- there are 8 grams of protein in one serving (about 1/4 cup) of amaranth. If you're looking for a fiber source, toss the prunes in favor of one serving of amaranth, which contains 7 grams of fiber.
How to Eat It:
So. Many. Ways. Eat it for breakfast (mix in honey and cinnamon) as a porridge, pop it like popcorn as a snack or topping or use it to make a protein-packed polenta or quiche.
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