Looking for super food that is good for your heart, weight, metablosim
Looking for a food source that high in protein and fibre, packed with vitamins and minerals, gluten-free is versatile, cheap, and takes only 10 minutes to prepare that you can add to your diet?
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wha),though the Incas in South America have long-revered quinoa for its health benefits only now is being touted as the new ‘super-food’ by modern nutritionists.
If you are yet to “discover” this inexpensive nutritional powerhouse here are some facts that you might interesting.
There are generally two types of Quinoa found in the shops (usually in the health food section of your supermarket). Golden and Red.
Essentially these are nutritionally the same, though as the names imply they are different colours.
Quinoa is often referred to as a grain but it’s actually the seed of a plant found in the Andes mountain range in South America.
Known as the ‘Gold of the Incas’ quinoa was thought it increase the stamina of Inca warriors.
Quinoa is a Nutritional Powerhouse that World Health Organization (WHO) has declared is an almost complete protein, as it contains all nine essential amino acids.
It’s also chock full of other vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, folate and iron, is high in fibre, gluten-free and low GI.
Good for the Heart, Metabolism and Nervous system.
A diet rich in fibre, vegetables and a variety of whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart attack.
With its high magnesium and fibre content quinoa is a fabulous food for heart health.
Magnesium is not only essential for heart health it is a vital part of glucose metabolism. The high magnesium content of quinoa may help process glucose and insulin thereby along with its high protein content can help stabilise blood sugar metabolism. This may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.Magnesium also aids muscle relaxation and generally has also been shown to reduce stress responses in the body.
Quinoa can help you Manage Your Weight.
As well as being a great source of protein quinoa is also high in fibre and has a low glycaemic index (low-GI). This means that is supplies a slow release of energy that sustains you for longer making it an ideal food for helping you to manage your weight and follow a healthy weight loss plan.
If quinoa’s nutritional checklist isn’t enough to entice you to try it, how about its versatility and ease of cooking?
Quinoa’s slightly nutty flavour makes it a great replacement for rice and couscous; it’s delicious in salads or as an alternative to porridge. Added to soups it instantly provides more protein.
Simply rinse well, simmer for 10-15 minutes and serve!
With so many health benefits quinoa deserves to be a regular part of your diet. So grab some quinoa and let it become your “golden” food too.