Crazy for Quinoa
Once hailed the ‘gold of the Incas’, quinoa is fast becoming the grain of the future. Quinoa is fast becoming one of the superfoods of our time. With so much nutritional value, who wouldn’t want to reap the benefits of the amazing grain.
The Nutritional Value of Quinoa
- Protein. Double the amount of protein than its counterpart grain, rice or barley, quinoa offers all nine essential amino acids
- Quinoa is a great source of fibre. Fibre is important for relieving constipation, it also helps balance cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels as well help weight control
- Quinoa contains Iron. Iron is important in keeping your red blood cells healthy. It carries oxygen from one cell to another. Quinoa contains Iron. Iron helps keep our red blood cells healthy and is the basis of haemoglobin formation. Iron carries oxygen from one cell to another including to your muscles and brain.
- Quinoa contains a very important amino acid called lysine. This nutrient is important for tissue growth and repair. Lysine is also used to treat and prevent cold sores.
- Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels. It can also promotes healthy blood sugar levels therefore great for diabetes. Magnesium is an important mineral to help with sleep, the formation of healthy bones and teeth and the transmission of nerve impulses.
- Quinoa provides you with a good amount of vitamin B2. This important mineral improves energy metabolism.
- Quinoa is high in anti-inflammatory antioxidants or phytonutrients. Anitoxidants are important for fighting off free radicals that damage cells and are potentially beneficial in warding off certain diseases and illnesses.
- Quinoa contains small amount of omega 3 fatty acids
- Quinoa is a slowly digested carbohydrate making it a naturally low GI which is great for those with diabetes.
Select and Store
Moisture can affect the freshness of the grain, so make sure it is stored in an airtight container or make sure the bag it was bought in contains no holes.
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