Amaranth is a Good Source of Plant-Based Protein
A reader informed me that amaranth was a good source of protein–better than quinoa even. So I checked it out and found that she was correct.
Amaranth has 9 g of protein per cup (cooked) which is slightly higher than quinoa. One cup of cooked amaranth has 250 calories while one cup of cooked quinoa has 222 calories. This gives them about the same amount of protein per calorie.
Amaranth also has a decent amount of lysine, comparable to a serving of soy or other legumes.
I have added amaranth’s amino acid profile to Table 3: Protein & Amino Acids in Common Foods.