One of the most popular ‘new’ health food crazes is actually quite ancient. If you are not already familiar with Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), it is a dry soil tolerant grain that is grown for its edible seeds and is similar to buckwheat. Though quinoa originated in South America 3,000 to 4,000 years ago, it’s been used in various cultures around the world but has only become more popular in the States in recent years.
Quinoa seeds are incredibly healthy for us, as they contain essential amino acids like lysine which makes it high in protein. It is also rich in minerals like calcium, phosphorus, and iron with nearly twice the fiber of most other grains.
Many lifestyle changes have also changed the grains that we eat, and adding quinoa will give us the nutrition that we need with the same ease as cooking rice or pasta. This is also the perfect food for those who have a gluten allergy since this is naturally gluten-free and also contains large amounts of the potent plant antioxidants quercetin, flavonoids, and kaempferol.
A recent study suggested that adding quinoa to your diet can help improve metabolic health by lowering blood sugar and triglyceride levels. And with its high protein and fiber content, quinoa can help increase our metabolism and reduce our appetite.
A quick list of its nutritional content:
- Vitamins B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6 and E
Quinoa can be found in your local markets and grocery stores. Simply follow the instructions on the packaging and add to your favorite dishes.