Grains, contrary to carb-phobic belief, are good... but supergrains are even better. Admittedly, adding "super" to any food can make it sound healthier (supercheeseburgers!), but as with other superfoods, supergrains offer ample bang for buck when it comes to vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They just might help you live forever.
Living forever means little, though, if the environment's in dire straits. Simply put, relying on wheat and corn production is just as disastrous for sustainability as gorging on them is for a person's diet. The Rise of Quinoa made the world realize that there's more to grains than wheat and corn -- it helps that it happens to be absurdly nutritious. But since overreliance on quinoa production is no better than dependency on wheat or corn (even if it's, you know, "super-reliance"), it's time for some supergrain diversification.
What is it, and why is it super? One of the most ancient ancient grains out there -- cultivated by the Aztecs between 6,000 and 8,000 years ago! -- amaranth is a veritable nutritional storehouse. The tiny seed is a huge source of plant protein, with 9g of protein per cup, making it an excellent choice for vegetarians looking to up their amino acid intake. It's also big on calcium, iron, and, according to noted physician and holistic health practitioner Dr. Andrew Weil, has three times the fiber content of wheat. All signs point to a waistline-friendly grain that's also low-cost to produce; it may even help Mexico in fighting obesity and combatting malnutrition.