A lot of importance is being given to eating Quinoa. On TV you can find a lot food channels showcasing the different ways it can be incorporated in our day to deal meals.
So is the hype really valid or justified? The answer is ‘Yes’. One misconception that most people have is that of Quinoa being a grain. But the fact is that Quinoa is actually a seed.
Here are some reasons not why you should include it in your diet:
- Complete Protein
Quinoa is often compared to milk. It contains all the amino acids required by the body that it cannot make on its own. These amino acids are required by the body for muscle development and growth, including its repair and maintenance.
- Ideal pick for Gluten intolerance
Those who are intolerant to gluten or prefer to avoid foods that contain Gluten then it might be a good idea to opt for Quinoa in their daily diet. Quinoa can be used to make pasta and bread and make the diet gluten free and more nutritional in its value.
So if you are looking for Gluten free food then Quinoa is a gift from God and freely available in nature and are better in terms of nutritional value as compared to the usual gluten filled ingredients. They are even suitable for people suffering from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
- Weight Loss
Quinoa is extremely low in calories. It contains approximately 150 calories in one-fourth cup.
It has the right about to fiber to keep us feeling full and also the right amount of protein and carbohydrates that do not allow it to spike our blood sugar.
- Low Glycemic Index
Foods with high glycemic index cause blood in our blood to riseat high levels, thereby contributing to the fact that we may feel hungrier and overeat.
Quinoa is a food that has a low glycemic index, due to which it will maintain a low or steady balance of glucose in our blood, which makes it ideal to be eaten by diabetic and heart patients.
- Bioactive antioxidant properties
Quinoa is rich in flavonoids that are responsible for its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-depression properties. Its intake in your diet will act as a shield to protect you from various health hazards.
- Riboflavin reduces fatigue and anemia
Quinoa is rich in riboflavin (Vitamin B2) that is responsible for converting carbs and fat into energy. So it is ideal for those who are suffering from fatigue and anemia.
- Prevents Migraine
The same vitamin B2 that gives us energy and also prevent anemia and fatigue can reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. Vitamin B2 can help in dilating the blood vessels that are responsible for causing migraines.
Note of Caution: Clean quinoa thoroughly before use, as it is said to be coated with a chemical called saponin that is toxic.
Written by: Rasha Ashraf