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Good Intentions

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

One of my healthy eating goals is to eat more whole grains. A good goal, right?

So, I've been going to various co-ops, health food stores, and speciality groceries to find lots of different kinds of whole grains to try. A good plan, right?

I read about amaranth and decided to try it. I made some for dinner and although it came out differently than I thought it would, it was very tasty. A good thing, right?

I've been on Weight Watchers for a few months now successfully and I track pretty consistently. I couldn't find amaranth in the pocket guide so I figured it would be like most of the other grains. Right?


Amaranth might be a whole grain and is healthy and is gluten free BUT it is really high in fat and doesn't have as much fiber or protein as some other grains so is 19 WW points per serving.

19 points!!! My whole day is only 26 points. Amaranth was a big mistake. I've learned that I have to follow up my good intentions with some research to get all the facts.

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    I would be interested in knowing where you found the point value for amaranth. I've been looking for the points plus values of many "ancient " grains that are being touted as very healthy.
    1826 days ago
    wow that is an eye opener.remember though.a litle bit of what you fancy does you good the emphasise being on little.
    1954 days ago
    I've heard of it, but I was aware of the nutritional numbers. WOW! That is high. I'm not one for deprivation, and if you really like the taste you're really going to have to plan around it and minimize fats in other meals. I'm not familiar with the WW point system but I'd be curious if Amaranth keeps you within the the SP carb/fat ranges for the day and for the week. Something to think about as well, I don't mind going over in areas one day if my week's average is on the mark. It does balance itself out, so don't give up on your new grain. emoticon
    1954 days ago
    1954 days ago
    I have never heard of the grain either, but I'm glad you did a blog on it. You saved us a lot of trouble trying to find out about it. I hope all will go well for you!
    1955 days ago
  • JILL313
    Wow, I've never even heard of that grain and now I know not to buy it. You sure learned a hard lesson. Like you, I thought most grains were healthy for us and not high in fat. I know you'll never buy it again. . .now will I try it. Thanks for letting me know. Enjoy your evening and week.


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    1955 days ago
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