#WellnessWednesday Know your Quinoa !?

Know your Quinoa !?
Quinoa is the seed of a plant known scientifically as Chenopodium quinoa. Although quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is prepared and consumed like a cereal grain, it’s categorized as a pseudocereal, as it doesn’t grow on grass like wheat, oats, and rice.
It is higher in nutrients than most grains and is often marketed as a “superfood”. Quinoa seeds are flat, oval, and usually pale yellow, though the color can range from pink to black. Its taste can vary from bitter to sweet.
Nutrition facts:
The nutrition values for 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of cooked quinoa are:
Calories: 120, Water: 72%, Protein: 4.4 grams, Carbs: 21.3 grams, Sugar: 0.9 grams, Fiber: 2.8 grams, Fat: 1.9 grams.
Also Quinoa is a good source of antioxidants. It contains vitamins [B vitamins, folate] and minerals [Manganese, Phosphorus, Copper, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc]
Health benefits:
• Lower blood sugar levels
• It’s a very good plant-based source of protein
• Quinoa has a high fiber content compared with other grains.
• Quinoa is a good source of antioxidants compared with other common grains in a gluten-free diet.
• It is a weight-loss-friendly food. It’s higher in protein which boosts metabolism and feelings of fullness. Fibers are also important for weight loss, promoting decreased calorie intake.
• Quinoa is gluten-free
Possible Adverse effects:
Quinoa is generally well tolerated but contains phytates and oxalates. These may reduce your absorption of minerals and contribute to kidney stone formation in some individuals.