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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What are superfoods? Oh, just your not-so-average edible plant matter packed with disease-battling, cancer-preventing, skin-saving miracle nutrients. To make our list, these foods had to have more than just street cred and a wispy celebrity endorsement -- these claims are backed by science and supported by health professionals.
Click through to see which berries, grains and seeds joined the ranks of kale, quinoa, chia seeds and acai in the superfood echelon.