Quinoa is a super food, dubbed so by nutritionists and doctors for its plethora of health benefits. More precisely a super grain, quinoa is derived from the seed of the quinoa plant, which is connected to the spinach family. Centuries ago, quinoa was the prime focus of the ancient Incan diet.
(NaturalNews) Known as the “gold of the Incas” or the “supergrain of the future”, quinoa is a superfood with a plethora of health benefits. While quinoa is growing in popularity and becoming more well known throughout the world and in the United States, many still do not understand the unique and significant health benefits that come from eating quinoa.
Quinoa is a “pseudocereal” that is consumed similarly to cereal grasses like wheat, oats and rye but is technically a member of the food family along with beets, spinach and Swiss chard.
1. Quinoa is antioxidant rich.
Quinoa contains the antioxidant phytonutrients quercetin and kaempferol. Additionally, quinoa has a great deal of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients as well. This can promote tissue growth and aide in tissue repair as well as fight off disease and infection.
2. Quinoa is high in protein.
Unlike many other carbohydrates or grains, quinoa has a large amount of protein per serving. There …
Botanically, quinoa is actually not classified as a grain. It is a pseudo-cereal (a non-grassy plant used in much the same way as cereals and grains with a similar nutritional profile). The seeds of pseudo-cereals can be milled and ground into flour just as other grains and cereals.