Replace pasta with quinoa in pasta salad recipes. Quinoa is the seed of a plant known scientifically as Chenopodium quinoa. It is higher in nutrient than most grains and often marketed as a "superfood". Quinoa has a crunchy texture and nutty flavor. It also comes in various color including black, red, yellow, and white. Quinoa is classified as a whole grain and is a good source of plant protein and fiber. The seeds can also be sprouted, ground, and used as flour or popped like popcorn. Furthermore, Quinoa is an excellent food for babies. As these days our food habits are getting worst and we succumb to our palates and go on an unhealthy binge. The oily wafers, sugar loaded juices and drinks, fattening burgers, pizzas etc. Yes, it is true that you should fulfil your nutritional requirements from natural food as far as possible. With twice the protein content of rice or barley, quinoa is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. Quinoa has far fewer calories and carbohydrates than white rice, which contains 40 more calories and 15 times the carbohydrates per cup than the same amount of quinoa.
Unlike some plant proteins, quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot make on their own. Quinoa is also naturally gluten-free and can be eaten safely if one has gluten intolerance such as celiac disease. Loaded with Manganese, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Folate, Thiamin (vitamin B1). Quinoa is naturally low in sodium. The glycemic index of Quinoa is estimated to be under 55, making it a low-glycemic food and thus beneficial to diabetic patient. Besides that, protein and fiber in Quinoa helps to reduce blood sugar level.
Quinoa is high in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, which make it potentially beneficial for human health in the prevention and treatment of disease. Naturally high in dietary fiber, Quinoa is a slowly digested carbohydrate, making it a low-Glycemic Index option. Fiber is most widely known to relieve constipation, bloating. Also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fiber helps to lower cholesterol and glucose level, and furthermore fiber is digested slowly and thus can make you feel full and aids you to lose weight. Quinoa seed is also rich in Iron, which benefits in brain function. Iron also carries oxygen from one cell to another and supplies oxygen to our muscles to aid in their contraction. Magnesium also helpful in reducing Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. Other health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth. Riboflavin (B2) improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to create proper energy production in cells. Manganese is also an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria as well as protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals and prevents from different types of Cancer.
BENEFITS OF QUINOA SEED
Ø One of the most protein-rich foods
Ø Contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains
Ø Contains lysine which is essential for tissue growth and repair
Ø Rich in magnesium and thus helps to relax blood vessels and helps to alleviate migraines
Ø Contains Iron and hence helps in the formation our red blood cells and aids in oxygen transfer