Quinoa is an ancient food, originally grown in South America by the famous Inca people. The Incas knew about the benefits of quinoa, and now people around the world are discovering more amazing quinoa nutrition facts!
It is in fact not a grain; it is a seed and related to the spinach family. When cooked, quinoa is light, fluffy, slightly crunchy and subtly flavored. It actually cooks and tastes like a grain, making it an excellent replacement for grains like wheat, oats, and barley. This is because quinoa is gluten-free!
Some of the nutrients in quinoa include:
- Complete protein. Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body as building blocks for muscles.
- Magnesium helps relax your muscles and blood vessels and effects blood pressure. Quinoa contains high levels of this vital nutrient.
- Fiber. Quinoa is a wonderful way to ensure that you consume valuable fiber that eases elimination and tones your colon.
- Manganese and copper. Quinoa is a good source of these minerals that act as antioxidants in your body to get rid of dangerous cancer and disease-causing substances.
Quinoa: In Depth
Many doctors and nutritionists now recommend quinoa because it does not feed fungal and bacterial infections in your body. Quinoa has other qualities that make it an ideal “grain”:
- Quinoa acts as a prebiotic that feeds the microflora (good bacteria) in your intestines.
- Quinoa is easily digested for optimal absorption of nutrients.
- Quinoa is gluten-free and safe for those with gluten intolerance, people on a coeliac diet, and for autistic children who follow the Body Ecology program for autism.