All About Quinoa

Quinoa and Its Health Benefits

World’s healthiest food Quinoa

This mother grain quinoa is becoming a hot and interesting topic for everyone, scientists and doctors alike. Because of its high nutrient content, quinoa is named the Mother of all cereals.

What is quinoa

Quinoa is pronounced as ‘Keen-Wa’. It is considered as a great wheat-free alternative to starchy grains.

There are two types of Quinoa

  1. Red Quinoa.

  2. Creamy white.

Recent studies have shown quinoa to be a superior alternative to Bulgar, wheat and rice, although it’s not a cereal or grain.

Nutritional highlight

The number of research done on quinoa and the percentage of an individual’s interested in this super food, makes it one of the world’s most popular health foods.

Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, is gluten-free and rich in protein. It is high fiber, micro nutrients (vitamin E, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, B-vitamins, iron, calcium) and contains beneficial antioxidants making it a favorite among the health conscious.

Health benefits of quinoa:

Quinoa helps with weight loss. The high content of protein, vitamins, and minerals present is satiating and is one of the main reasons quinoa is becoming so popular and even considered the best substitute for cereal.

Here is how Quinoa can benefit your weight loss efforts:

The glycemic index in the product indicates how carbohydrates affect blood glucose levels. This super food has a low glycemic level making it safe for diabetics. When the blood glucose increases significantly it crashes, causing cravings of simple carbohydrates.

Quinoa has a glycemic index of 35, which is relatively low and similar to most vegetables.

The high dietary fiber and protein present in Quinoa leaves you feeling full, thus decreasing cravings for unhealthy foods. Quinoa contains approximately seven grams of protein per serving and six grams of dietary fiber and is a great choice for vegetarians trying to lose weight. Dietary fiber binds to fat and cholesterol, causing the body to absorb less fat and cholesterol,and increasing the likelihood of weight loss. The high fiber content in quinoa also reduces the plaque build-up along the arterial walls, and lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The nine essential amino acids and the presence of vitamins like magnesium and calcium, is why Quinoa is coined as one of the healthiest foods. Quinoa is also high in iron and vitamin B12, both of which are important for weight loss and energy production. For people who suffer with Vitamin B deficiency, quinoa may not be suitable as part of their diet. With this deficiency, weight loss occurs at a much slower rate because of the body’s inability to synthesize nutrients efficiently.

Quinoa in the Diet

Quinoa is tasty, blends well and can be incorporated easily with many foods in the diet. Quinoa can be bought in most health food stores or supermarkets.

Preparation:

Boil 2 cups the water in a pot and add one cup of quinoa with a dash of salt.

Boil until the grain becomes soft, mix with stir fried vegetables for a quick healthy snack.

Once cooked, quinoa becomes fluffy, and may have a mild nutty in flavor.

Can be cooked in several different ways.

Try some Quinoa today!

Reference: https://blog.shawacademy.com/the-pseudo-cereal-quinoa-and-its-health-benefits/

Renea Jones-Hudson