How Good is Quinoa?


Quinoa is one of the world popular health foods. Quinoa is not a type of grains but pseudo-cereals, which are prepared and consumed like grains. The health benefits of quinoa include:

  1. Quinoa is very nutritious. It is gluten-free, non-GMO, and high in protein. Quinoa contains protein, fiber, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, copper, iron, zinc, potassium, and small amounts of calcium, B3 (niacin), vitamin E, vitamins B1, B2, and B6.
  2. Beyond the nutrients, Quinoa also contains large amounts of flavonoids, which are plants antioxidants, includes quercetin and kaempferol. Its flavonoids have been well studied and shown having all sorts of beneficial effects on health. In addition, the quercetin in quinoa is higher than typical high-quercetin foods such as cranberries. Other studies of benefits from quinoa are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer, and anti-depressant effects.
  3. Quinoa contains much higher fiber than most grains.
  4. Quinoa is the natural gluten free food, which can increase dramatically the antioxidant and nutrient value of a gluten-free diet.
  5. Quinoa is high in protein than the most plant foods. In addition, it also contains all the essential amino acids, which is considered as a complete protein. Quinoa is an excellent plant-based protein source for vegetarians and vegans.
  6. The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly foods raise blood sugar levels. Quinoa has a glycemic index of 53, which is considered as low. Quinoa is good for blood sugar control. It would be a good choice for people who have type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
  7. Quinoa is very high in magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron, which people nowadays are lacking. However, quinoa contains phytic acid, which can bind the minerals and reduce the absorption. You can degrade the phytic acid by soaking or sprouting it before cooking.
  8. Studies on both in humans and rats found that quinoa can improve metabolic health, such as lower blood sugar, insulin, and triglyceride levels.
  9. Quinoa is very high in antioxidants, which helps to fight aging and many diseases. Quinoa is the highest antioxidant content comparing among 10 foods, which includes 5 cereals, 3 pseudo-cereals and 2 legumes. Its antioxidants can be increased by sprouting the seeds.
  10. Quinoa is high in fiber, protein, and has a low glycemic index. These nutrients are all linked to weight loss and improved health.
  11. Quinoa is very easy to incorporate into your diet, and it’s tasty.

Why don’t you try your quinoa today!

Citation: HealthLine

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