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What Are the Quinoa Health Benefits?

Updated on June 6, 2021
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Hi, I'm Sam, I enjoy writing about nutrition and health-related topics, especially alternative and plant-based remedies.

Quinoa is a healthy alternative to wheat and is totally gluten free. There are two colours of quinoa, red and white but there are 120 different types of quinoa grown today. For thousands of years it was grown primarily in South America and formed the staple diet of the Inca tribe. It has only in recent years started replacing wheat and rice in Western diets.

Excellent Foud Source For Vegans

One of the qualities of quinoa is that it has twice the protein content of rice or barley. It is also a high source of calcium, magnesium, B complex vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fiber. Quinoa is the least allergenic of all grain food sources. It is packed with 9 amino acids that our body does not manufacture and which have to be derived from food sources. Due to quinoa being a complete protein it is an excellent food source for vegans, who sometimes struggle to meet their daily requirements of protein.

Nutritional Facts About Quinoa

  • Protein – the best source of cholesterol- and low fat protein for everyone including vegans and vegetarians. One cup of cooked quinoa contains 8.16 grams of protein.
  • Low fat – One cup of cooked quinoa contains 3.4 grams of fat
  • Calories – One cup of cooked quinoa contains 223 calories before any additional foods are added to it when preparing a meal
  • Great source of dietary fiber
  • Rich in iron which helps with blood production and anemia
  • Magnesium which helps to reduce blood pressure and improve metabolism
  • Calcium – good for bones and teeth
  • Contains Vitamins A, B6, B12, C and D

Quinoa is a single food that packs nearly every mineral, vitamin or amino acid that the human body requires daily. Quinoa comes as close to doing just that as any other food you may eat. It is regarded as a super food and is extremely healthy. The western world is only now embracing what the Inca knew hundreds of years ago.

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Other Health Benefits Of Quinoa

ost Quinoa health benefits have been well kept secrets by the Inca tribe, but recent research considers quinoa to be at the top of the “super” food rankings. Here are some of the reasons why, it contains the following:

  • Riboflavin – expands blood vessels in the brain reducing headaches
  • Lysine – a rare amino acid not found in many other foods
  • Carbohydrates that keep your appetite and sugar levels down
  • Celiac disease – is gluten free and can be used to replace all wheat products
  • Omega 3 fatty acids – promote fat burning in the body
  • Phytonutrient quercetin – powerful anti-inflammatory properties

Little Known Facts About Quinoa

You can grind, boil, bake, steam, and even fry quinoa. Quinoa can be ground and used in the same way as wheat to make pasta. It can be deep fried and added to salad dishes. It can replace flour when baking all kinds of delicous, but relativly healthy pastry.

Did you know that Inca warriors regularly consumed quinoa for its energizing powers? Quinoa was known as the “Gold of the Incas” and the warriors that consumed it were purportedly rewarded with loads of stamina, energy, strength, and speedy muscle recovery when injured.

The Inca revered quinoa so much that they had annual celebrations honoring Quinoa. They understood, long before the West, that there were lots of benefits surrounding quinoa consumption.

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