Superfoods: 10 reasons why you should be eating more Quinoa
Superfoods is a term used to describe food that is nutrient-packed and considered to have great health benefits. Superfoods contain large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Consuming superfoods can help you lose weight, reduce risk of chronic diseases and generally allow you to enjoy a higher quality of life.
Every so often we will be discussing a particular superfood, giving you all the nutritional details as well as recipe ideas!
Quinoa is my personal favorite as I find it particularly appetizing and it can be used to create a variety of dishes.
Quinoa is a grain crop grown primarily for its edible seeds which are in general cooked the same way as rice.
Let’s have a look at what quinoa can do for your body.
10 Reasons you should be eating more Quinoa
1. It’s a great source of protein
Most peoples‘ excuse for not giving up meat is the fear they will not be able to get enough protein from a plant-based diet. Forgive me for being a myth buster but considering that the average sedentary person needs to consume around 50 g of protein a day and a serving of cooked quinoa alone contains around 8 g, that story is simply far from the truth. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all 9 essential amino acids.
2. Quinoa is rich in iron
On average you should be receiving around 10 mg of iron a day. 100 g of quinoa packs approximately 1.4 mg of iron which accounts for more than 10% of your daily needs. However, quinoa contains mineral inhibitors (phytic acid) which might reduce the absorption of iron. To avoid that, soak quinoa overnight in warm water. Problem solved!
3. It’s high in fiber
Fiber does wonders for your health. It lowers cholesterol levels, normalizes bowel movement and helps control blood sugar levels. Did I mention that it also helps you lose weight? Quinoa and other foods rich in fiber tend to be more ‘filling’, thus you are likely to eat less and stay satisfied longer. On average a single serving of quinoa can provide up to 25% of daily fiber needed.
4. It contains omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants
Omega-3&6 fatty acids and antioxidants lower the risk of heart disease.
5. Pure quinoa is gluten-free
Gluten is a protein composite which is found in different types of grains. Studies have shown that consumption of gluten can cause bloating, fatigue and inflammation in the intestine even to people who do not suffer from Celiac disease or are gluten sensitive. Quinoa, being gluten-free is very easy to digest!
6. Quinoa is high in vitamins B1, B2 & B3
They promote healthy skin, hair and vision! Who doesn’t want to always look youthful and vibrant?
7. It contains lysine
Lysine is an a-amino acid used in the biosynthesis of proteins. It is essential for tissue growth and repair.
8. It is high in calcium
Quinoa is the perfect example for a non-dairy source of calcium. 1 cup of quinoa provides the average person with 8% of their daily calcium needs. You don’t need to consume milk in order to have healthy bones!
9. Quinoa is a great source of magnesium
Magnesium is vital for our bodies as it helps control blood sugar levels, regulates body temperature, increases energy production and promotes healthy bones and teeth.
10. It contains vitamins A, C and E
These vitamins essentially boost your metabolism and immune system.
The health benefits of Quinoa are undeniable.
If your local food store does not provide quinoa products you can buy some using the links below :
No wonder it’s a superfood! Stay tuned as I will soon be adding some delicious quinoa dishes to our recipe section!
For the time being, click on the link below for a vegan, low fat, gluten free Mediterranean quinoa salad. Yum ☺