Quinoa: What is it?

Did you know that Quinoa is more closely related to spinach, swiss chard and beets?  I did not, I thought it was a grain, related to wheat. In the last couple of years, Quinoa has “blown up”, it is everywhere and advertised as the new health food.  But like all the “new” health foods, Quinoa has been around for thousands of years.

The Incas used to grow Quinoa, they considered it a sacred crop.  It’s abundance of nutrients and according to sources (1) ” its protein content is very high (14% by mass), yet not as high as most beans and legumes. Nutritional evaluations of quinoa indicate that it is a source of complete protein.[14][not in citation given][15] Furthermore, it is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is also a source of calcium, and thus is useful for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant.[16][17] Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest.”  Also, Quinoa is high in antioxidants.  “The antioxidant flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol are also especially plentiful in quinoa. In fact, the concentration of these two flavonoids in quinoa can sometimes be greater than their concentration of high-flavonoid berries like cranberry or lingonberry.” (2)

Because Quinoa acts like a grain, it can be ground into flour, used in baking, used instead of rice and in salads. It’s versatility and high nutritional contents makes Quinoa a perfect, healthy choice.

 

Sources:

(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa

(2) http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=142&tname=foodspice

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/glossary/g/whatisquinoa.htm

Felicia

About Felicia

Hello, I am Felicia and I am one of the founding members of Health Now, Wealth Forever. When we came up with the concept of starting our family business, I was enthusiastic just to spend time working on a project with my family. But, as we have grown and expanded, my passion for educating myself and others - about alternative health options and changing the way we view finances and life - has taken over. While I admit I am not the healthiest of our group, I am working on it daily and hope that the articles I write help you to work on it with me. Thank you for supporting us and allowing us to open our minds and yours to an alternative way of look at health, wealth and life!

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