Quinoa is one of the world's most popular health foods.
Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids..
It is also high in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants.
In other words, it is basically a seed, which is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain.
Quinoa was an important crop for the Inca Empire. They referred to it as the "mother of all grains" and believed it to be sacred.
It has been eaten for thousands of years in South America and only recently became a trend food, even reaching superfood status.
These days, you can find quinoa and quinoa products all over the world, especially in health food stores and restaurants that emphasize natural foods.
There are three main types: white, red and black.
This is the nutrient content in 1 cup (185 grams) of cooked quinoa (2):
1. Protein: 8 grams.
2. Fiber: 5 grams.
3. Manganese: 58% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA).
4. Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
5. Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
6. Folate: 19% of the RDA.
7. Copper: 18% of the RDA.
8. Iron: 15% of the RDA.
9. Zinc: 13% of the RDA.
10. Potassium 9% of the RDA.
11. Over 10% of the RDA for vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
12. Small amounts of calcium, B3 (niacin) and vitamin E.
This comes with a total of 222 calories, with 39 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fat. It also contains a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids.
Quinoa is non-GMO, gluten-free and usually grown organically. Even though technically not a cereal grain, it still counts as a whole-grain food.
Quinoa is an edible seed that has become increasingly popular among health-conscious people. It’s loaded with many important nutrients
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