There’s a reason why quinoa has recently taken off as one of the most popular superfoods around. It’s not quite a cereal grain, but is categorized as a pseudo cereal. Similar to beetroots, spinach, and tumbleweeds, quinoa contains high nutritious value. Here are a few interesting facts that can help explain all the hype.
HIGH IN FIBER
For every one cup serving, quinoa contains approximately a fifth the amount you need in a balanced diet. Consuming fiber reduces high blood pressure and diabetes, lowers cholesterol, and increases the feeling of fullness since it requires a longer time to chew. It even helps with weight loss in the long run.
HIGH IN PROTEIN
Unlike most plant food, quinoa contains more protein than most grains on the market. It also contains all amino acids that are essential to a healthy diet, making it an excellent plant-based protein source for vegetarians and vegans.
HIGH IN IRON
For every one cup serving, quinoa gives you 15% of your daily iron intake. This is important since iron helps keep red blood cells healthy.
HIGH IN MAGNESIUM
In just one serving, you can receive one third of the recommended dietary allowance of magnesium. As an antioxidant, it helps balance blood pressure and reduces Type 2 diabetes, while also helping to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease. Other benefits include body temperature regulation, detoxification, and the development of healthy bones and teeth.
As an essential amino acid that can’t be produced by the human body, lysine must be consumed. It helps improve the immune system by developing antibodies, and is important for tissue growth and repair. As an added bonus, lysine also helps increase serotonin levels, which can help you feel more relaxed!
Did we forget to mention that it’s delicious as well? That’s right! On our menu, we have the Quinoa Mango Salad, the Arugula Quinoa Salad, the Quinoa and Roasted Veggies Wrap and the Grilled Chicken Quinoa Wrap. So nourish your body and give one a try today!