5 Reason Why Should You Eat Quinoa
The first thing we should know about quino is – quinoa is actually a seed from a plant called Chenopodium Quinoa. It is extremely rich in several nutrients and therefore it is considered amongst one of the “Superfoods”. The unusual thing about quinoa is that – it is actually not a grain but a seed (Pseudo Cereal) that is prepared and consumed like a grain.
As quinoa has a crunchy and popping texture, it works well with soups and salads due to its nutty flavor and exciting texture. For those who are generally gluten-intolerant, this is an ideal grain to include in meals and it also very easy to introduce to children!
Here is a close up after quinoa is cooked. A very tiny root (tail) will be pop out at each seed! (they are not worm!)
Top 5 Benefits of Quinoa
For consumers r who are suffering from various gluten and wheat allergies or intolerances, this is a life-saving superfood. Due to its versatile nature, it lends itself well to pretty much any recipe from porridge to salads to risottos.
High in protein
It is one of a plant based complete protein (contain 9 types of essential amino acid). With its 15% protein content, this is the seeds of choice for athletes and those looking to lose weight. For those who don’t want to consume empty calories and yet need enough high-quality food intake, this seed is like a charm. Especially in comparison to regular rice, which has only 4% of protein. These seeds can be eaten as a snack or incorporated as a side dish with meat or chicken.
Being high in nutrients and low in calories, it will help us feel full sooner and stay for a longer period of time. When the body is fed low-nutrient fuel, it tends to feel constantly hungry or run down. And the higher protein content will boost our metabolism, especially when we eat it with some raw vegetables containing amino acids that will break protein down into energy.
In short, it is a great low-fat food that will help address cravings as opposed to other unhealthy foods.
High in antioxidants
Along with being all of the above, quinoa grains are also very high in antioxidants, which are substances that neutralize free radicals in our systems that help fight cancers and various other diseases.
In comparison to other foods of its kind, quinoa is known to have the highest antioxidant content.
Allowing the seeds to sprout overnight under the ‘right conditions will boost antioxidant content levels even further.
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