Quinoa: What it is and why it is good for you.

Grains offer health benefits due to their nutrient content and composition. Quinoa, named as the “The Supergrain of the Future” by mindbodygreen.com, is no exception to that, containing more nutrients and fiber as compared to other grains.

Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber. It is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein and comprised of all pernine essential amino acids.

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Here are some benefits of including Quinoa in your diet.

1. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids.
2. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. Fiber is most widely known to relieve constipation. It also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and may help you to lose weight as it takes a longer time to chew than does other foods because it makes you feel fuller for longer and is less “energy dense” which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food.
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Other possible health benefits of Quinoa due to its nutrient qualities:

Consuming 2-3 servings of whole grain foods per day can reduce the risk of:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Colon cancer
  • Obesity

Many studies have shown that as whole grain intake increases, the risk for all five of these lifestyle-related conditions decreases.

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Why not try Quinoa today? There are many great and interesting recipes for yummy tasting Quinoa, which we will discuss in our next article. It is proven wholesome and tasty for the whole family to eat!

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