Move past kale and green tea, the latest food making its entry into the coveted Super-food list is a small grain-like seed, called Quinoa. While technically a seed, it can be prepared like rice, barley or other whole wheat grains. That isn’t all, it cools faster than your current breakfast super-food staple – oatmeal.
There are 3 types of Quinoa, red, white and black. It is available in most supermarkets and grocery stores. Always ensure that the packaging is not damaged, as moisture can affect it like any other grain. Also be careful to check if it has been produced organically.
About 1 cup of Quinoa contains around 8-10 gm of protein, 35-40 gm of carbs and 4-5 gm of fat. Not just that, it is also gluten-free. The abundant nutrients and minerals present in Quinoa have also shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant properties. The high fiber content, more than most grains commonly consumed, makes it a perfect food to aid digestion and keep your bowels in top-shape.
If you need to keep your blood sugar levels under control, Quinoa is again a safe bet. The low Glycemic Index, does not stimulate hunger, thereby keeping your food consumption under check.
This not only helps you prevent lifestyle diseases like diabetes, obesity and heart ailments, but also helps you lose weight. Weight loss is triggered as you ultimately consume lesser calories than you utilize.
Cooking and Consumption:
With a nutty flavor and a crunchy and creamy texture after being cooked, this food is not only super healthy, but is also very easy to cook and super yummy. However you need to be sure to thoroughly rinse the seeds in cold water to remove the coat, which gives it a bitter taste.
Check out these amazing recipes for Quinoa from Cookie and Kate. You can also share your own ideas for cooking Quinoa in the comments below.
Quinoa in the news:
Scientists at NASA have been researching growing Quinoa as a crop in outer space, due to its high nutritional value, ease of use and how easy it is to cultivate. Additionally, since it can also be stored for a few months in an airtight container, its a perfect substitute for rice and wheat.
The UN put its own stamp of approval by naming the year 2013 as the year of this super-food, due to its high nutritional value.
Due to the high demand for Quinoa in recent times, this super-food has taken over the cultivation cycles and resources allocated to other crops. This has subsequently increased the cost of production thereby making quinoa unaffordable for most people as a dietary staple.
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