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Health Benefits of Amaranth

Amaranth is a versatile and nutritious group of grains that has been cultivated for thousands of years. The name for amaranth comes from the Greek amarantos, “one that does not wither,” or “the never-fading.” Amaranth grain has a long and colorful history in Mexico. It was a major food crop of the Aztecs, and some have estimated amaranth was domesticated between 6,000 and 8,000 years ago. Annual grain tributes of amaranth to the Aztec emperor were common. The Aztecs didn’t just grow and eat amaranth; they also used the grains as part of their religious practices. Many ceremonies would include the creation of their god’s image that had been made from a combination of amaranth grains and nectar.  Once formed, the...

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All you need to know about Agave Syrup

Agave syrup is an all-natural sweetener and less refined than white sugar. It comes from the blue agave plant, the same plant used to make tequila. The blue agave syrup benefit is that it is free of allergens, gluten and has kosher and organic properties. The glycemic index is as low as 30. This limits the use of glucose consumption for individuals. The main carbohydrate in agave syrup is a complex form of fructose called fructosan or inulin. The hydrolyzed and filtered juice is concentrated in the form of a syrup-like liquid which is less viscous as compared to Honey. The color can range from light to dark depending on the basis of the processing. This nectar contains traces of...

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Ancestral Mexican Superfood

The lacustrine landscape of Xochimilco constitutes the only remainder of traditional ground occupation in the lagoons of the Mexico City basin before the Spanish conquest. The Aztecs built Tenochtitlan on an island around 1325. Issues arose when the cities' constant expansion eventually caused them to run out of room to build. As the empire grew, more sources of food were required. At times this meant conquering more land; at other times it meant expanding the chinampa system. Chinampas is a type of Mesoamerican agriculture, invented by the Aztec civilization, which used small, rectangular areas of fertile arable land to grow crops and expand territory on the shallow lakebeds in the Valley of Mexico. This made Tenochtitlan a floating city, occupying...

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