3 Things You Should Know About Quinoa
Quinoa is a super seed, not a grain.
• Although quinoa is widely perceived as a grain, it is actually the seed of the quinoa plant.• It is prepared and consumed like a grain, but is a great gluten-free alternative to grains like wheat or barley.• Quinoa is closely related to amaranth, an ancient grain native to the southwest and central america.
Quinoa is a complete amino protein.
• Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a great staple food for a healthy diet. • One serving of quinoa contains 16% of the recommended daily protein intake for adults.• Quinoa is also very high in fiber, making it a digestive-boosting "clean fiber".
Quinoa is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
• Antioxidants like quercetin and kaempferol found in quinoa help fight free radicals and relieve inflammation.• Folate, a B vitamin found in quinoa, helps promote cell function and tissue growth.• Quinoa contains important minerals like copper, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus, which are essential to helping your body run efficiently.