Last update Aug. 18, 2021

Amaranthe (kiwicha)

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Herbaceous plant native to Central America and the Andean area of South America.
The grain is rich in protein, carbohydrates and minerals and has been widely used in food since ancient times in Central and South America (Mapes 2015).
Other species of amaranth are also consumed in various areas of Asia.

Source of energy and nutrients comparable to cereals (Pedersen 1990). Rich in macronutrients, micronutrients, including vitamins and minerals, and in fiber (Coelho 2018, Lamothe 2015). It is not a cereal and does not contain gluten.

Food of excellent nutritional quality, devoid of toxicity and perfectly compatible with breastfeeding.

Note: this plant has nothing to do with the dye of the same name, Amaranth (E123).

See below the information of this related product:

  • Amaranth (dye, coloring) ( Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully. Use safer alternative or interrupt breastfeeding 3 to 7 T ½ (elimination half-lives). Read the Comment.)

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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  1. Coelho LM, Silva PM, Martins JT, Pinheiro AC, Vicente AA. Emerging opportunities in exploring the nutritional/functional value of amaranth. Food Funct. 2018 Nov 14;9(11):5499-5512. Abstract
  2. Lamothe LM, Srichuwong S, Reuhs BL, Hamaker BR. Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa W.) and amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus L.) provide dietary fibres high in pectic substances and xyloglucans. Food Chem. 2015 Jan 15;167:490-6. Abstract
  3. Mapes Sánchez, Emma Cristina. El amaranto. Ciencia. 2015 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. Pedersen B, Knudsen KE, Eggum BO. The nutritive value of amaranth grain (Amaranthus caudatus). 3. Energy and fibre of raw and processed grain. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 1990 Jan;40(1):61-71. Abstract

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