Crazy for Quinoa

Crazy for Quinoa


Once considered the "mother of all grains" by the ancient Incas, the Quinoa has now found its way from South America into my kitchen as a great substitute for rice, pasta and even couscous (I love to pair it with salmon). Extremely rich in protein (which include the 9 essential amino acids), this little grain is now growing in popularity among nutritionists and people in search of healthier and lasting weight loss alternatives. "Containing 5 times more calcium than animal protein and 9 times more iron than a single serving of meat," Quinoa is also one of the most nutritious foods you can find in the supermarket. Here are five reasons why I love quinoa, and a few more reasons why you should love it too:

  1. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. Fiber is most widely known to relieve constipation. It also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and may help you to lose weight as it takes a longer time to chew than does other foods because it makes you feel fuller for longer and is less “energy dense” which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food.
  2. It is also a great source of magnesium and manganese. Magnesium is a mineral that aids in relaxing the blood vessels. It is proven effective for people who have migraines because it prevents constriction and rebound dilation in blood vessels that often triggers migraine attacks. Since Quinoa has magnesium, it dramatically reduces, if not totally eliminates, headaches and migraines. Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.
  3. It provides adequate amounts of Vitamins E and B2. B2 improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help create proper energy production in cells.
  4. It is rich in minerals like iron, phosphorus, copper and zinc.
  5. Quinoa is gluten free.

{For some tasty and healthy Quinoa recipes, click here.}

Here's to a healthier you!