Why You Should be eating Quinoa Regularly
Most people think of quinoa as a grain, but actually it’s a seed. It’s prepared and eaten the same way as the cereal grasses (wheat, oats, barley, and rye), but since it’s not related to wheat, or even a grain, it’s naturally gluten free – so it won’t give you any of the symptoms associated with gluten sensitivity – like bloating and energy slumps. But perhaps the most striking health benefit of quinoa is its overall nutrient richness. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids and is higher in protein than any of the whole grains. Perfect for vegetarians and vegans!
Quinoa has been consumed for thousands of years in South America, although it only became trendy and reached “superfood status” a few years ago. These days, you can find quinoa and products made with it all over the world, especially in health food stores and restaurants that emphasise natural foods. There are three main types: white, red and black.
Quinoa contains about twice as much fibre as most other ‘grains’. Fibre helps regulate digestion and nourishes the healthy bacteria that live in our intestines. It’s a good source of iron, needed to produce hemoglobin, which helps carry oxygen from one cell to another and all around our body, as well as magnesium, a trace mineral that many of us are deficient in. Magnesium helps relax blood vessels and alleviates headaches and migraines. It also helps us relax and improves sleep quality.
Clever Tip: Quinoa is great for weight loss because of its low glycemic index and high fibre content – which helps keep our blood sugar levels balanced, making us feel fuller longer and helping prevent food cravings.
Here are some of our favourite quinoa recipes;