Health Facts about Quinoa

By: Samar Yahya

Quinoa is one of the ancient grains. It is popular as one of the healthy foods. It comes in three colours; red, black and the most common one is white Quinoa.

Quinoa is very high in protein and fiber and is gluten-free, so it is one of the best options for people who are allergic to gluten.

It is one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids.

It is also high in, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, B vitamins and vitamin E.

How to Use Quinoa

Quinoa is easily cooked. It is recommended to cook it same way as rice. Add 2 cups of water to 1 cup of Quinoa. Bring the water to boil, add Quinoa, turn the heat down, cover for 15 minutes and serve.

After being cooked you can either eat it same as rice, or you can also leave it to cool and add Quinoa to different types of salads.

Health Benefits of Quinoa

•Quinoa is good for blood sugar control .

•It is very high in minerals and antioxidants.

•Studies showed that Quinoa can improve metabolic health.

•Quinoa is a complete protein as it contains all nine essential amino acids.

•It is high in fiber and it helps reduce the risk of blood pressure and cholesterol.

•Quinoa contains about 10 percent of the daily allowance of vitamin B-2 that helps to reduce some types of migraine headaches.

•It also has high magnesium, which is helpful to prevent muscle spasm and cardiovascular diseases.

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