1. Grain Amaranth is high in protein and carbohydrates
2. Complete protein
3. High in all food-source electrolytes: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, except salt (NaCl)
4. High in soluble and insoluble fiber
5. Good source of minerals: iron, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese.
6. As a staple food (400 to 500 g/d), amaranth provides 70% to over 100% of five B vitamins, good amounts of two other B vitamins, leaving only biotin and B12 absent.
7. The grain provides vitamins C and E
8. Provides plenty of choline and betaine for good health
9. Provides several different types of tocopherols and tocotrienols for good health
10. Amaranth leaves have high amounts of beta-carotene and lutein, as well as vitamins C and K1, some of the B vitamins, and calcium and potassium.
11. Easy to plant: whether it is planted sparsely or close together, amaranth will produce the same amount at harvest.
12. Grain amaranth is tolerant of adverse growing conditions (soil, weather, pests).
13. Easy to harvest by hand or by machine.
14. Does not require hulling after harvest.
15. No saponin coating. Does not require washing of grain to remove saponin coating, as quinoa requires.
16. Easy to cook. Boil like rice, or make flour from it.
17. Stores well dried.
18. Light nutty taste.
19. Small amount of amaranth seed plants a large area.
20. Small amount of amaranth produces a vast harvest, at a ratio of 1000:1. Plant one kilogram, harvest one thousand kilograms.