It may be pretty difficult to pronounce but Quinoa is one of the world’s most popular superfoods and after a little research, we can fully understand why.
Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wah, is a super-grain packed with many vitamins and a multitude of minerals that include magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and selenium.
According to Authority Nutrition, one cup of cooked quinoa’s nutrient breakdown reads a little something like this:
Protein: 8 grams.
Fibre: 5 grams.
Manganese: 58% of the RDA.
Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
Folate: 19% of the RDA.
Copper: 18% of the RDA.
Iron: 15% of the RDA.
Zinc: 13% of the RDA.
Potassium: 9% of the RDA.
Over 10% of the RDA for Vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
Small amounts of Calcium, B3 (Niacin) and Vitamin E.
Grown in South America, quinoa also contains all nine essential amino acids that most other grains don’t.
Due to its high level of magnesium, quinoa is known to ease and alleviate migraines.
Great news for those who suffer from allergies as quinoa is gluten free, which is another reason why you’ll find it cropping up on many healthy food menus. Vegans use quinoa as their main source of protein.
Quinoa can be very easily incorporated into your diet – Many opt for including quinoa in their salads and stir-fries. It is also a great option when replacing white rice or couscous.
We’re off to purchase some immediately…