Quinoa is one of the world’s most popular and super healthy starchy grain. Quinoa is technically not a grain but a seed, though it is used in virtually all the same ways as other whole grains. Quinoa is gluten-free and nutrient rich and has all the 9 essential amino acids and is a good source of dietary fibers.
Quinoa has a mild, slightly nutty flavor and is usually cooked using the same methods used for rice. It is high in protein and contains more amino acids and nutrients than most other grains.
Health Benefits of Quinoa:
- Quinoa contains fiber in high quantity compared to other grains. This helps in lowering the cholesterol and decreases the sugar level in blood thus giving a boost to your metabolism which in turn results in a noticeable weight loss.
- Quinoa is high in protein compared to most plant foods. It also contains all the essential amino acids that you need, making it an excellent protein source for vegetarians and vegans.
- Quinoa seeds are antioxidant rich. These are the substances that help to eradicate the free radicals that steal oxygen from body cells and hence helps in fighting acne, reducing dark spots and healing wounds.
Quantity – 1 cup (185g cooked)
Calories – 222
Protein – 8g
Carbohydrates – 39g (out of which 5g fiber and 2g sugar)
Fat – 4g (out of which 0g saturated fat)
Magnesium – 118mg
Potassium – 318mg
Rich in fiber, minerals, antioxidants and all nine essential amino acids, quinoa is one of the healthiest and most nutritious foods on the planet.
So head out to the supermarket and bring home this superfood.