Instagram photo by healthinkingpineapple #QUINOA #superfood
🏆It's a pseudo-cereal #GLUTENFREE
high in #protein
and one of the few plant foods that contain all essential #aminoacids
Also high in #fiber #magnesium
, B #vitamins
, #iron #calcium
, phosphorus, vit. E and various #beneficial #antioxidants
Quinoa was an important crop for the Inca Empire.They referred to it as the “mother of all grains” and believed it to be sacred, consumed for thousands of years in South America, although it only became trendy and reached superfood status a few years ago.
Quinoa includes interesting molecules called flavonoids, which are plant #antioxidants
that have been shown to have all sorts of beneficial effects on #health
Particularly: quercetin and kaempferol, and they happen to be found in large amounts in quinoa.
In fact, the quercetin content of quinoa is even higher than typical high-quercetin foods like cranberries. These molecules have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, ant #cancer
and anti-depressant effects.
>>high in FIBER: which can help reduce blood sugar levels, lower #cholesterol
, increase fullness and help with #weight
loss >>Very high in PROTEIN, with all the essential amino acids: many plant foods are deficient in certain essential amino acids, such as lysine. However, quinoa is an exception to this, because it contains all the essential aminoacids. For this, it's an excellent source of protein. It has both more and better protein than most grains.
>>low glycemic index, which is good for #blood
sugar control(beneficial for #diabetes
diet). However, it’s important to keep in mind that it is still pretty high in carbs so choose the right quantity to your daily necessities. #training
especially magnesium, potassium, zinc and (for women)iron, but the phytic acid can partly prevent them from being absorbed. *Soaking or sprouting degrades most of the phytic acid.
>>easy to incorporate into the diet: You can buy it in most health food stores and many supermarkets.
Ready to eat in as little as 15-20 min after been boiled and you can mix it with almost everything! >my #nutritious
suggestion:QUINOA& veggie+tofu stuffed aubergine🍆;)