Quinoa–the best ‘grain’ in the world

TypesOfQuinoaQuinoa is a ‘supergrain,’ that is not technically a grain but a berry, and has only become familiar in much of the world in the last few years.

It is a native of  limited areas of South America and was a staple food of the Inca Empire which they referred to as the “Mother of all Grains.”

But now the secret of the “Mother of All Grains” is out and scientists are suspecting that it is the most nutritious of all grains, or pseudo-grains in the world.

It is a whole food of many nutritional qualities, rich in protein containing all the essential amino acids, carbohydrates, fiber and many vitamins and minerals, including folate, magnesium, manganese, Phosphorus, zinc, iron, potassium, calcium and viamins E, B1, 2, 6, 3, 6 and omega-3.

Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is non-GMO, gluten-free (an excellent grain for people with gluten-intolerance, thus has a low glycemic index, yet it considered a whole-grain food), and usually organic.

It is higher in fiber than any other grain and loaded with potent bioactive substances in the form of  antioxidants such as quercetin and kaempferol that neutralize free radicals and help fight aging and many other modern chronic diseases.

Because quinoa is gluten-free, it is helpful to metabolism, as it doesn’t clog up the digestive and other bodily systems (remember, ‘gluten’ is derived from the word ‘glue’ and most modern grains contain many times the amount of gluten as historic grains).

Quinoa is also an excellent food for weight-watchers, as it is easily digestible , has a low glycemic index, does not store fat in the body, yet is super-nutritious. It is very easy to prepare.

Just cook one cup of quinoa with two cups of water (or broth, herbs, butter) and cook for 15 minutes. When it is cooked, it is fluffy and somewhat translucent. Use it like rice as a cereal, or as a base for salads, stir-fries and other dishes.

NASA is currenly considering quinoa as a suitable staple crop for growing in outer space. And, in 2013, the United Nations honored quinoa by declaring 2013 as the “International Year of Quinoa.”

Quinoa is available at health food stores and the ‘natural’ section of most supermarkets.

Source: HealthyDebates.com

 

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