What Makes Quinoa Popular?
Quinoa originates from South America, and was regarded as a superior superfood by the ancient Incas. Enriched with the goodness of protein, this gluten-free seed provides the body with all the 9 essential amino acids besides being a good source of dietary fibre. Unlike other whole grains, Quinoa contains fewer calories, which makes it a highly nutritious substitute to white rice or rava that can be easily consumed in a variety of traditional Indian and global dishes such as pulao, upma, fried rice, salads, porridges and more!
What's in it?
Speaking of quinoa’s nutritional value, according to the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA), 1 cup of cooked quinoa contains:
- Nutrition Value
There’s more to the quinoa story!
Quinoa is a whole grain that’s gained global popularity due to its high nutritional value and the range of health benefits that it offers.
Protein makes up 15 percent of the grain - making it high-protein and low-fat
It is naturally gluten-free and has high fiber content
It is packed with many key vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B and magnesium
Why is it good for you?
The many health benefits of Quinoa:
A complete protein whole-grain superfood Most plant-based foods are deficient in some of the primary protein compounds among the 9 amino acids that are considered essential for the effective functioning of a human body. Quinoa contains sufficient amounts of all the 9 essential amino acids to meet the daily nutritional requirements of the body, which makes it an excellent plant-based source of protein for vegetarians and vegans.
High in fiber Quinoa contains considerably higher amounts of dietary fibre than most whole-grains. One cup of quinoa contains nearly 2.5 grams of soluble fibre, which leads to a significant reduction in blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, keeps us full for longer and aids in weight loss management.
Low glycemic index Quinoa has a glycemic index of 53, which is considered quite low. Foods with a high glycemic index can stimulate increased hunger which ultimately leads to obesity. Consuming foods with a low glycemic index also helps to manage blood sugar levels of the body.
Speeds up metabolism Owing to its nutrient-rich properties, quinoa can substantially improve metabolic health of a human body by reducing food cravings, regulating blood sugar levels, managing insulin and triglyceride levels.
Antioxidant rich Quinoa is an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that neutralize free radicals which pose a threat of damage to body cells, thus boosting the immune system. It also helps to slow down the signs of aging and keeps diseases at bay. At Nourish You, we ensure our homegrown quinoa is cultivated efficiently by allowing the seeds to sprout naturally, which leads to increased levels of its antioxidant content.
Rich in essential minerals Quinoa contains high quantities of minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron. Magnesium is a vital nutrient that facilitates smooth functioning of the entire body, including strengthening of muscles and improved nervous functions. Iron is beneficial for improving oxygen flow in the body.
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