It can be difficult to give up carb-laden side dishes, like pasta, rice, or dinner rolls. This is probably the most difficult part of adjusting to The Kaufmann Diet. Carbohydrate rich foods comprise a large part of many people’s diets, and particularly in the beginning, the cravings for these foods can be overwhelming. What grain substitute is available?
Ironically, this might be a sign that the diet is working. If you have an underlying pathogenic fungal infection, those yeast and fungi crave the sugar they need in order to survive, and some practitioners believe these parasites can influence their hosts to crave the same thing. As they begin to starve, the cravings for carbs and sugar can be intense. Usually, they subside after a few days to a couple weeks, and most dieters feel much better than before they begin the diet, with a newly found energy and sense of vitality.
Fortunately, if you are really missing some of your favorite carb-y dishes, there are some wonderful grain substitutes that are loaded with nutrition on The Kaufmann Diet. One of those is amaranth.
Amaranth is a pseudo-grain, similar to quinoa; it is actually a seed, not a grain. It has been cultivated for thousands of years and is indigenous to Mesoamerica. Amaranth might even be a superior choice to quinoa by some metrics.
Here are some reasons you should give this grain substitute a try:
Amaranth Is High In Protein
Quinoa has 8 grams of protein per serving, Amaranth has 9 grams of protein per serving. And, amaranth is a complete protein, meaning it provides all of the essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce themselves.
Amaranth Is High in Fiber
Fiber is important for a number of reasons, from heart health to bowel regularity.
Amaranth Has Lots of Nutrition
Amaranth is a good source of manganese, phosphorous, iron, selenium, and copper. It is also a rich source of magnesium––an important electrolyte for overall health. A single serving of amaranth contains 40% of your daily magnesium requirement.
Amaranth is High in Antioxidants
Antioxidants can help lower inflammation and protect against disease––amaranth is a good source of these important plant nutrients.
Amaranth is easy to add into your diet and can be prepared in a number of ways. Many people make breakfast porridge out of amaranth as an oatmeal replacement. It can also be ground into flour and used in baking.
Some people like to soak amaranth and then let the seeds germinate for a few days; this can improve the availability of nutrition in amaranth, but is certainly not necessary to enjoy amaranth in your diet.