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Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2003;58(3):207-11.

Amaranth as a rich dietary source of beta-sitosterol and other phytosterols.

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Department of Food Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, NIG 2W1.


The analysis of 4 commonly available amaranth varieties (Amaranthus K343, RRC1011, K433, K432) revealed the presence of all three major phytosterols (beta-sitosterol, campesterol, stigmas-terol) with a total sterol content being several fold higher than those found in other studied plants. Substantial differences in total phytosterol content and beta-sitosterol content were found between the amaranth varieties. The most commonly cultivated amaranth variety in the United States, i.e., Amaranthus K343 was found to possess the highest levels of phytosterols of the varieties tested. The possibility of screening for superior amaranth varieties with various health properties is outlined.

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