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.
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]
• 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.