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Amaranth Offers Advantages for Gluten Free Baking
Many gluten-free products are low in nutrients, and oﬀer technological challenges to food processors. Scientists at the Research Center for Food and Development in Hermosillo, Mexico, experimented with amaranth, a food with a long culinary tradition in Mexico. They found that bread formulation with 60-70% popped amaranth ﬂour and 30-40% raw amaranth ﬂour produced loaves with an even crumb and higher volume than most gluten-free breads, and that cookies formulated with 20% popped amaranth ﬂour and 13% whole grain popped amaranth also worked out well. Both foods oﬀered acceptible dough functionality without some of the additives often needed in GF foods, and the ﬁnal foods had a very high nutritional value.
Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, August 24, 2010 [Epub ahead of print]