Quinoa: a powerful nutrition source
Quinoa is a grain that is becoming more and more popular for its health benefits. Its importance has been recognized in 2013 that was declared The International Year of the Quinoa recognizing the Andean indigenous peoples, who have maintained, controlled, protected and preserved quinoa as food.
Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber. It is one of only a few plant foods that contain all 9 essential amino acids (proteins) necessary for muscle and bone development and repair. Quinoa also has a high protein to carbohydrate ratio when compared to other grain products.
The popularity of quinoa is increasing so much that it is becoming even easier to prepare, easier to find, and to prepare. Here are some more quinoa benefits:
Consuming 2-3 servings of whole grain foods per day can reduce the risk of:
(1) Cardiovascular disease
(2) Type 2 diabetes
(3) High blood pressure
(4) Colon cancer