Quinoa, a species of goosefoot, is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal. quinoa is closely related to species such as beetroots, spinach and tumbleweeds.
Quinoa seeds contain good quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Quinoa is a gluten-free and cholesterol-free whole grain, and is almost always organic. That is why Quinoa is considered as superfood.
Quinoa seeds come in 3 different colors White is the most widely available and its quickest to cook, Red takes little longer to cook and Black takes longest to cook and it keeps more crunchy texture.
Quinoa has protein balance similar to milk and has more protein compares to rice, millet, or wheat. It is complete protein containing all 9 essential amino acids which helps to build and repair of body's tissues and basic functions like growth, digestion and excretion.
Riboflavin is a member of the B-vitamin family, which has been shown in recent studies to aid in the elimination and prevention of migraine headaches by improving the transport of oxygen into the cell. This prevents migraines from occurring and aids in their relief.
The saponins form quinoa are used to promote healing of skin injuries in South America.
Quinoa also has a great deal of calcium in comparison to other grains in the same category. For example, quinoa has twice the amount of calcium as whole wheat when you compare the two ounce for ounce. Calcium builds and maintain bones and teeth.
Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.
Quinoa is rich source of Magnesium. Recent research has shown that a deficiency in magnesium actually increases the hormone (angiotensin II) that is responsible for increasing blood pressure, so magnesium has a two-fold effect on our heart health.
Though not many studies have been conducted yet on the correlation between eating quinoa and lowering your risk for type 2 diabetes, quinoa has a great sources in common with other foods that reduce these risks. Thus, it is likely that with quinoa's fibre, protein and antioxidant, it would reduce the risk of these diseases.
Quinoa's high fibre content can help you feel full, which helps you stick to a low-calorie diet. The protein in quinoa can also increase feelings of satiation, reducing cravings, reports shows that whole grains, such as quinoa in diet experienced a greater decrease in body fat at the abdomen than those who ate only refined grains. Quinoa is also gluten-free, making it appropriate for most dieters.
Quinoa is significant source of insoluble dietary fibre, which has been shown to lessen the occurrence of gallstones by reducing the stagnation of bile and lowering the total blood triglycerides, which are two of the major components to gall stone formation.
|Amount Per 100 grams|
|Total fat 1.9 g||2%|
|Saturated fat 0.2 g||1%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 1.1 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 0.5 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 7 mg||0%|
|Potassium 172 mg||4%|
|Potassium 407 mg||11%|
|Total Carbohydrate 21 g||7%|
|Dietary fiber 2.8 g||11%|
|Sugar 0.9 g|
|Protein 4.4 g||8%|
|Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|