3 Reasons To Have Quinoa, So You Can Achieve A Balanced Diet
Quinoa is an ancient, nutrient, and popular grain that does so many benefits to us. It’s showing up in more recipes because it’s healthy, delicious, and has a lot of protein. In fact, there are three main reasons that make it a “superfood”.
1 - Quinoa Is A Naturally Gluten-Free Food
In the last post, we’ve just mentioned how a gluten-free diet could help you to reduce inflammation and improve your cholesterol levels. Even if you are not with gluten intolerance, it could help you to get rid of a lot of uncomfortable symptoms. Quinoa also contains high protein and calories, which makes it the best choice when you are looking for a gluten-free or vegetarian diet.
2 - Quinoa Contains A Complete Protein
Quinoa has 15% of protein, 14% of fats, and 71% of calories. It contains nine essential amino acids, which is a complete protein, so it is an easy-to-find option for vegetarians and those who tend to eat less meat person.
You might think that the calories are too high, wouldn’t help you lose weight. However, the fact is that it is a low-GI (glycemic index) food that won’t stimulate the blood pressure as soon as the high-GI food. The key is to control portion size just as you would for rice or pasta.
3 - Quinoa Has High Nutrient Density
In terms of the minerals, quinoa stands out excellently. Every 100 grams quinoa has 64mg magnesium(16%DV), 172 mg potassium(5%DV), 1.1 mg zinc(7%) and 1.5 mg iron(8%). Percent Daily Values (%DV) are for adults or children aged 4 or older and are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet (Source: NutritionData). Also, quinoa is high in antioxidants, which helps to fight against aging.
Quinoa is the perfect choice for a gluten-free and plant-based diet, because of the high density of the nutrient contains, such as protein and important minerals.
Quinoa can be used in salads, soups, casseroles, and stir-fry. It can also work well as an alternative to bread crumbs for coating chicken or other foods. Quinoa can brighten any skillet meal that has vegetables and meat.