The quality of carbs has been one of the biggest debates of the last decade ever since sports nutrition has taken a quantum leap in terms of its application in the performance sports field. Today nutrition plays a vital role in every performance driven field and which has given rise to increasing demand for better optimisation. One of the main pillars of this nutrition are the carbs. The quality of carbs is a big question asked by many. Quinoa is also one of the carb sources that has lately come under lot of attention.
Quinoa is a complex carbohydrate source with a good amount of proteins as well. Being a fiber rich food it is a great source of slow digesting carbohydrate which has a comparatively lesser impact on sugar levels.
Here’s a look at some other benefits of quinoa:
1. Amino Acids: Quinoa is one of the only plant based food that contains all 8 essential amino acids. It makes the protein a complete one. Although for anything to be called a protein source the proteins must be way higher than its carbohydrate content and also the carbohydrates should be relatively lower.
2. Protein: Quinoa contains about 8 g of protein per 100 g which is a great way for vegans to add up on their protein intake. Instead of rice one can replace it with quinoa which will add up to the overall protein intake.
3. Minerals: Quinoa is also rich in a lot of vitamins and minerals. Copper, folate, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, iron, zinc are all present in quinoa is various quantities. It is also a great add on to your micro-nutrient intake.
4. Gluten free: Quinoa is a gluten free food and therefore it’s better on your gut health as well. Most of the quinoa available in the market are organically grown. Although it is not a grain it is considered to be a whole grain food.
5. Tissue growth: Quinoa is known for the presence of Lysine which is responsible for the growth and repair of tissues. This can be then a great food to supplement post workout along with your other protein sources.
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