Quinoa is a plant species under the genus goosefoot. It is a grain crop largely grown for its eatable seeds. It is generally considered to be a pseudo-cereal somewhat similar to buckwheat. It is not exactly from the family of true grass. The crop is very high in protein content and can withstand dry soil. The Food and Agriculture Organization declared the year 2013 as the International Year of Quinoa. The crop originated in the South American countries such as Bolivia, Peru Colombia and Ecuador .
How does quinoa help you?
• Quinoa contains fiber, protein, magnesium, manganese, folate, phosphorous, iron, copper, potassium and zinc.
• Quinoa also has liberal dosages of Vitamins B1 , B2, B3, B6, E and calcium.
It is important to note that the beneficial effects of a good food are not restricted to just the vitamin and mineral content. The benefits transcend beyond that. Quinoa contains a compound known as flavonoids, an extremely important antioxidant for the body. These flavonoids include Kaempferol and Quercetin. These compounds have pronounced anti-viral, anti-inflammatory , anti-depressant and anti-cancer effects on the body.
1. Quinoa also contains a large amount of fiber . The soluble component of this fiber could play a significant role in lowering the level of cholesterol in the body, reducing the sugar content in blood and reducing weight by enhancing stomach fullness.
2. If a food is endowed with all the necessary amino acids, then the protein content is considered to be complete. Quinoa is an excellent source of complete protein. The content and quality of protein in quinoa is much better compared to the other grains. Quinoa could be a very good source of proteins for vegans.
3. Modern diet is notorious for causing the deficiency of a large number of minerals , some examples being potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc. Quinoa contains all the concerned four minerals in good quantities with magnesium being the highest.
4. Quinoa, according to some studies, could play a significant role in enhancing the metabolic health of individuals. This includes the reduction of blood sugar content and triglyceride levels.
5. Quinoa has also been found to be quite high in terms of antioxidants. Antioxidants combat the free radicals formed in the body as byproducts of cellular metabolism. Thus quinoa could be very helpful in slowing down the rate of ageing and preventing many cellular degenerative diseases.
Quinoa could be considered to be a very good food when its nutritive value is considered.