The Incas believed Quinoa to possess magical herbal qualities. They even deemed it sacred, calling it the “mother of all grains”. Fast forward to the current age, and what has always been a popular South American diet has captured the world’s attention today as the superfood of our time! And the trend is quickly catching on.
There are no surprises here though. Quinoa is packed with nutrition! It is a protein-rich food and one of the rare plant-based foods to contain all 9 essential amino acids. It is bursting with nutrients – fibre, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, calcium, iron, phosphorous, and potassium (to name a few). What is more?! It is also naturally gluten-free!
No wonder supermarkets and stores worldwide are vying to store this fabulous grain, and it is practically available everywhere. Health enthusiasts who’ve adopted Quinoa into their diet are eager to vouch for the goodness and health benefits.
I am sure that is enough to get you excited?! If not, this blog post will definitely turn you around! No matter where you are in your health journey and what your health goals are, Quinoa is good for you. If you’ve always wanted to give Quinoa a try, but have hesitated, here’s your chance to take the refreshing plunge!
Not a Cereal Grain. And, Did I Say Gluten-free?
Quinoa is a grain crop, but technically it isn’t a cereal grain. It is rather a seed, that is prepared and eaten quite like a grain. This means it is naturally gluten-free. Additionally, most varieties of Quinoa in the market are organic and non-GMO.
Quinoa is great for people with gluten-intolerance. For these people, it can replace bread and pasta as a staple food. It is nourishing and filling and is a healthy alternative to processed gluten-free foods.
Antioxidants to Fight Toxicity
Quinoa is known to be abundant in quercetin and kaempferol, the two vital plant-based flavonoids. These two important molecules have several health benefits. And studies show that they have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Sprouting Quinoa may enhance their inherent antioxidant qualities even further.
The antioxidants help flush out harmful free radicals and toxins from the body and reduce the toxin build-up. They keep the skin looking young and reduce the effects of ageing.
Loves Your Gut. And, Your Gut Loves It Back
Quinoa has a large amount of fibre content – about 10-16gms fibre per 100gms. This quantity is much higher than what most grains have!
The fibre in Quinoa can help you feel satiated and full earlier and for longer. It can also help in controlling and managing your weight as well as your blood sugar levels. The gut flora feed on the fibrous content to create a prebiotic effect and boost immunity.
Low Low Low GI Food
GI or Glycaemic Index is a measure of how quickly the food raises your blood sugar levels when consumed. Quinoa is a low GI food, with a GI of 53. This means that consuming this food does not lead to any rise in the blood sugar level.
Incorporating low GI foods in your diet can keep you unquestioningly fit, healthy and glowing. And away from contacting dangerous health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, obesity and even cancer.
Quinoa is good for health! It is protein rich and bursting-full of nutrients. Vegetarians and Vegans have a great protein booster and ally in Quinoa. It is versatile, tasty and easy to prepare. So much so that even NASA has caught on – Considering Quinoa as a healthy, quick and hassle-free space-time meal!