Quinoa, often called as “superfood” or a “supergrain,” is one of the world’s most popular health foods. If that’s a tad too generic, let’s get into the details. Quinoa (keen-wah, remember?) is a flowering plant that belongs to the amaranth family. It is an annual plant that is grown for its edible seeds. So, when we refer to the benefits of quinoa, we mean the benefits of its seeds. As the seeds are what we generally use.
The seeds are gluten-free. The composition of quinoa is similar to wheat or rice when cooked. It is an excellent source of protein (a complete source, as it contains all the nine essential amino acids). It also contains a good amount of fiber and minerals.
Is Quinoa Good For You?
Obviously. Otherwise, no point in knowing about it, right? The question is how it can be good for you.
The seeds are rich in fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, and other minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. They are highly nutritious. And they also contain quercetin and kaempferol.
Quinoa is gluten-free, which means it is party time for individuals who are intolerant to gluten. And it has a low glycemic index – and this means party time for diabetics too. Given it is high in iron and magnesium, quinoa can have wonderful effects on an individual’s metabolic health. The seeds brim with antioxidants.