What was once a fad or a “freaky alternative food” has now become more mainstream. Many people are trying and adding quinoa to their diet. And you should too. There are many exceptional reasons why.
One of the many reasons to eat quinoa on a regular basis is that it makes you feel full for longer, thus helping you to curb your appetite, lose weight and maintain your weight. This is because quinoa is high in fiber and protein. Fiber also helps with regular bowel movements and takes care of your gastrointestinal wellbeing.
Quinoa is a great source of soluble fiber, which helps with controlling blood sugar and slowing the rate at which carbs are broken down into glucose. In addition, quinoa is brimming with vitamin E, phenolic acids and cell wall polysaccharides, which assist with reducing any inflammation linked to type 2 diabetes.
Since you can store the quinoa seed in your fridge for up to 6 months, this little plant is a great kitchen "accessory," a stand-by ingredient that can be used in cooking in a multitude of tasty ways. Quinoa is a type of seed, not a grain, but can be prepared and eaten just like other whole grains. It has a slightly nutty flavor, which goes well with many Asian dishes. Belonging to the same family as Swiss chard, beets and spinach, the quinoa plant is a complete source of protein as well as being high in magnesium, fiber and iron. The plant is a fabulous ingredient to use in vegetarian diets since the quinoa is a good substitute for animal protein.
Quinoa's high soluble fiber content assists with the reduction of cholesterol, as the soluble fiber blends with bile acids, which our bodies excrete. This prompts a reduction of our total cholesterol and negative LDL levels.
A scientific profile of the quinoa shows that it is packed with healthy goodies:
• contains fibers both soluble and insoluble
• boasts Omega-3 fatty acids and other monounsaturated fats
• contains essential minerals calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc
• boasts essential vitamins B1, B2, B3, B9 and E
• brimming with antioxidant phytonutrients called flavonoids
High in potassium and magnesium, which assist with balancing sodium blood levels, lowering and maintaining blood pressure, quinoa can help to maintain our blood pressure at optimum levels.
Given how many wheat-based allergies are out there, serving quinoa instead of pasta or rice is a real lifeline for hosts throwing a dinner party to guests whose dietary requirements are as yet unknown. Its delicate texture and slightly nutty flavor make the quinoa seed a tasty receptor for spicy sauces.
One of the indirect benefits of quinoa is that this little seed flies in the face of all those dire warnings uttered by researchers who keep telling us only expensive GM crops are the answer to feeding a growing world population –because that's just what their multinational sponsors want to sell. Unlike super-foods engineered by modern-day Frankensteins, the quinoa is a natural product that has been tested by human test subjects for millennia. If it had any unpleasant side-effects, the inhabitants of the Andes, where the quinoa comes from, wouldn't have cultivated the stuff for the past 5,000 years.
Seriously ladies – try it. It’s actually very tasty. I love it. And it’s so versatile. Look in our food section for some great recipes.
Do you eat quinoa or are you ready to give it a go?
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