Quinoa: the pseudo-grain that has been around for more than 5000 years is your healthy choice for this year.
- Although it’s not considered an actual grain, quinoa is very similar to rice and couscous but with more health benefits. It’s completley gluten free and the only “grain” with the 9 amino acids that we need.
Introduced by the Incas in South America (Bolivia, Peru and Chile), quinoa is a very nutritious food, containing more minerals, vitamins, protein and fibre than other grains.
There’s a big variety of quinoa, but the most known and common are the white, red and black.
Quinoa’s Health Benefits:
- It’s a whole grain: contains 20 amino acids and we need 9 of them (valine, phenylalanine, threonine, leucine, isoleucine, tryptophan, lysine, histidine and methionine);
- High content of calcium: great for your teeth and bones;
- Abundant in vitamin B2: works as an antioxidant which contributes to fight diseases and aging. It also neutralizes free radicals.
- Rich in zinc: vital for our immunity system;
- Contains magnesium: essential for the anti-inflammatory system;
- Plentiful of phosphor: crucial for bones and muscles;
- Rich in iron: indispensable for the immunity system, brain and for taking the oxygen to the cells;
- Gluten free: if you are intolerant or just want to reduce the gluten, quinoa is the ideal food for you;
- Low glycemic index: foods with high glycemic index stimulate hunger and contribute to obesity, they can also cause heart problems and type 2 diabetes;
- Improves your metabolism: the high amount of nutrients can fasten your metabolism;
- Can help reducing your weight: eating quinoa makes you feel fuller so you will eat less through the day, and when cooked has even less calories. But don´t overeat it of course!
Quinoa can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner and you can find it at healthy food stores or at your hypermarket. It’s very easy to cook and you can use it as a side or main dish.