Originally grown in the Andean region of South America of which Bolivia is a part, it is considered an Andean grain of high nutritional value, which does not contain gluten.
Amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus L.), like Quinoa, is considered a "pseudo cereal". That in Bolivia is grown mainly in the inter-Andean valleys of the department of Chuquisaca..
Amaranth grains do not contain gluten and provide good quality proteins for an adequate diet for both children and adults; This is due to the fact that they have an adequate balance of essential amino acids such as lysine, which plays an important role in brain development and growth in children; in addition, that amaranth grains contain vitamins and minerals such as niacin, calcium, phosphorus and iron, whose contributions are substantial to the daily requirement in nutrition that an adult requires. Thus, based on research conducted by the United States National Academy of Sciences, both quinoa and amaranth have been classified as the best foods of plant origin for humans, which is why they were selected by NASA for integrate the diet of astronauts in space flights.
It also has a high lipid content and, among fat acids stand out the linoleic acid (18:2), known as omega 6 the linoleic acid (18:3). Furthermore, squalene quantity is considerable (steroid synthesis). Regarding minerals, amaranth contains phosphorus, iron, zinc and calcium. Amaranth grains are rich in vitamins such as riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), thiamin (B1), biotin, (H) b-carotene and folic ascorbic acid.