Health Benefits of Quinoa
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Health Benefits of Quinoa

 

In recent years, quinoa has gained a huge amount of popularity. It has become a substitute for rice and pasta, a prominent ingredient in salads, and a healthy alternative to grains in cookies and bars. This fame could be attributed to the diverse range of health benefits in these seeds. So what makes quinoa good for your body? Here are a few facts as to why you should add quinoa to your next shopping list...

Rich in Protein and Micronutrients

Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a great source of protein that can support tissue growth process. The seeds are also rich in micronutrients such as iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium and manganese as well as B and E vitamins.

Most Well-Rounded Source of Carbohydrate

For those who incorporate medium-to-high amount of carbs to their diet, quinoa is a great choice. Quinoa is free of wheat, making it suitable for people with gluten intolerance. Furthermore, while quinoa and brown rice have similar amount of calories per serving, the former contains more fibre and protein. Quinoa also has low Glycemic Index level at 53, which makes you moderate blood glucose levels and feel full for longer compared with white rice (GI 72) and couscous (GI 63).

Promotes Heart and Digestive Health

Quinoa also contains omega-3 fatty acids and healthy unsaturated fats, which can help boost heart health. Also, due to the high fibre and the low GI, quinoa is a slowly digested food, which can help the body metabolise better and promote overall digestive health.

Sources: BBC Goodfood, Harvard Health Publications, the University of Sydney’s Glycemic Index, Reader’s Digest