Amaranth news 2014

Amaranth revival - Mexican farmers rediscover an ancient superfood
Mexico's conquistadors outlawed amaranth - a highly nutritious seed farmed by the indigenous peoples for millennia - due to its use in religious rituals. But it's now being hailed as a 'superfood', writes Anna Bruce, and a growing number of Mexican campesinos are once again cultivating the 'noble plant' among their corn, squash and beans.

Científicos buscan mejorar el maíz con genes del amaranto
Científicos del Centro de Investigaciones y de Estudios Avanzados (Cinvestav) Unidad Irapuato, encabezados por John Délano Frier, han descubierto que 9 por ciento de los genes del amaranto se activan para responder a situaciones de estrés como escasez de agua y salinidad de la tierra.

Global Amaranth Seed Oil Market to See 11.9% CAGR to 2019
The global amaranth seed oil market is expected to reach $700.6 million by 2019. Amaranth seed oil is unsaturated oil that is rich squalene and other protein rich fatty acids that find applications in various end use industries such as cosmetic & personal care, food supplements, pharmaceuticals, aroma (fragrance), and in other applications like feed additives, high grade lubricant additives, and as rubber chemical additives. The constituents of amaranth seed oil such as squalene, linoleic acid, oleic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, and tocopherols impart many beneficial properties to the oil that are greatly valued by the above industries. Complete report is available here.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' Traditional crop of the month

The Hunt Is on for the Next Superfood Superstar
Back in the Americas, some in Mexico are hoping amaranth will become the next quinoa. Less a cereal grain than a plant, amaranth is highly nutritious. That's not surprising, since it belongs to a family that also includes beets and spinach. In other words, it has foodie cred written all over it.

Radical Eating
Researchers worldwide spend considerable effort looking for the “next quinoa.” It’s not as easy as you might think. First, people are picky eaters. Second, most edible species in the world’s complex, disconnected global food system have had little scientific attention. It’s often not clear what type of culinary qualities a plant possesses or could easily be bred to have.

Grow Amaranth Plants for Gain
Although it has been cultivated for centuries by the Indios of Mexico, amaranth remained largely unknown in this country until a few years ago. Yet this fascinating plant (a member of the same family as the tumbleweed and the lovelies-bleeding) produces as high a yield — acre for acre — as a well-favored wheatfield, bears grain with a protein content of 18% (double corn's 9% ), can thrive and produce a crop on soil too dry for corn to even grow on, is so hardy it requires little care, and is seldom bothered by insects.

State of Knowledge on Amaranth Grain: A Comprehensive Review
The present article provides a comprehensive overview of amaranth grain that focuses on recent research reporting its use in the clinical practice and its possible benefits to human health.