The Real Difference Between Amaranth And Quinoa

When it comes to grains, one of the most well-known choices includes quinoa. By the way, quinoa is pronounced keen-wah, as per Bob's Red Mill. The super grain is often preferred by those who're conscious about their fitness regimes and want to be the healthiest versions of themselves. Amaranth, another kind of grain, is also a nutritional powerhouse like quinoa but not as well-known.

Amaranth has been around for a very long time. It was first discovered by the Aztecs more than 8,000 years ago. Seriously. It is cultivated in Peru, Africa, India, China, Russia, and North and South America. Quinoa, like its counterpart, was first cultivated thousands of years ago and continues making a splash for its health perks. While they're lumped together with grains, both quinoa and amaranth are technically seeds and gluten-free, making them suitable for those who avoid gluten in their diets. They're also don't take very long to cook: it takes around 10 to 15 minutes to cook quinoa while you need around 20 minutes to prepare amaranth. Not bad at all, right? Despite the fact that they're similar in some ways, the two foods do have their differences.

They taste different from each other

Quinoa and amaranth both have solid nutritional profiles. As explained by Women's Health Mag, one cup of cooked amaranth is around 251 calories and has four grams of fat and 46 grams of carbohydrates while one cup of quinoa will provide you with nearly 132.5 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, and 39.4 grams of carbohydrates. When it comes to protein, amaranth is slightly higher at 9.4 grams while quinoa has 8.2 grams of protein.

The most obvious difference between the two definitely comes down to their flavor profiles. While quinoa is mild in general and doesn't have a strong flavor, amaranth is notable for its powerful flavor, which can be a bit too much for some folks. Amaranth is also associated with having a strong, grassy aroma when cooked. Despite its distinctiveness, amaranth is worth considering as a replacement for white rice. So is quinoa, which also works well as a healthy pizza crust or in a hearty casserole. You could also try adding amaranth to a Buddha bowl for a unique meal or making a quinoa wrap.