Quinoa is the ‘Super’ of all ‘Superfoods.’ Described as a ‘super’ grain, it is packed with protein, fibre and various vitamins and minerals. It is also gluten-free and often used as a substitute for rice. It is a fabulous source of protein, fibre, iron, copper, thiamine and vitamin B6 and an excellent source of magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and folate. It has an exceptional balance of protein, oil and fat, as well as minerals, fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins, which, in anyone’s book, makes it a highly nutritious food.
Quinoa is most famous for being one of the only plant foods that supplies complete proteins, offering all essential amino acids in a healthy balance. The world of health is still working to understand all the implications of chronic inflammation on the body’s health. Autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease, and other conditions such as asthma and inflammatory bowel disease all have one thing in common: chronic inflammation. Less obvious disorders influenced by chronic inflammation may include cardiovascular disease and cancer. Quinoa and other whole grains may help decrease the risk of this dangerous inflammation, plus help to promote healthy gut microbes (the friendly bacteria in the gut), which is important for preventing obesity.
But that’s not all! Here are some more benefits of eating this super- powered grain…
•It’s high in fibre. One cup of cooked quinoa contains 21 percent of the recommended daily intake of fibre, which is great news for your gut. Quinoa is easier to digest than many other grains and people often report feeling fuller after eating grains such as quinoa, buckwheat, or oats, rather than rice or wheat.
•It helps maintain a healthy heart.
Quinoa’s good fibre content means that it lowers cholesterol levels, as fibre aids in the digestive process. As your digestion improves, the liver pulls cholesterol from the blood to create more bile acid, which helps reduce the amount of bad cholesterol. Lowering cholesterol is good for your heart, but quinoa can benefit your heart in other ways too. Quinoa seeds possess many of the dietary flavonoids shown to help with heart disease by providing heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, as well as omega 3.
•It can increase life expectancy. According to some scientists, the fibre in quinoa could help people live longer as a high fibre intake may reduce the risk of mortality. It seems that there is a link between a whole- grain-based diet and the reduced risk of death from chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more.
So, quinoa really is one of the best foods you can eat! Try incorporating it into your diet in the form of a super salad, stunning side dish, or energising breakfast bowl!