Quinoa is a nutritious, gluten-free grain that has been grown and eaten by humans for over 3000 years. It has a smooth texture and mild flavor that make it versatile and it is easy to make and use!
Here are 7 nutritional benefits of quinoa via www.mindbodygreen.com and the nutrition facts for one cup of quinoa:
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.
3. Quinoa contains Iron. Iron helps keep our red blood cells healthy and is the basis of hemoglobin formation.
Iron carries oxygen from one cell to another and supplies oxygen to our muscles to aid in their contraction.
There are many benefits of iron some more of which include neurotransmitter synthesis, regulation of body temperature, aids enzyme
activity and energy metabolism.
4. Quinoa contains lysine. Lysine is mainly essential for tissue growth and repair. [Think sore muscles!]
5. Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and thereby to alleviate migraines.
Magnesium also may reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. Other health benefits of
magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production,
and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
6. Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2). B2 improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to
help create proper energy production in cells.
7. Quinoa has a high content of manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria
during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.
HERE are 4 easy, healthy recipes that feature quinoa to get you started!