It has been around for awhile now, moving past the ‘fad’ stage and only growing in popularity. It is delicious and diverse in its uses, but that isn’t the only reason this strangely pronounced seed (‘Keen-wah’) is staying up there on the ‘superfoods’ list.
Here are 5 reasons why quinoa should be part of your diet!
It is gluten free - This is a major plus because this seed is very similar to a grain and is can be used in many recipes that might have called for gluten rich ingredients such as couscous or semolina.
It is a great source of protein - It is packed full of protein as well as giving a good hit of iron and fiber, which make it an excellent choice for breakfast lunch and dinner!
It is a natural appetite suppressant - High in protein, yet low in calories, this delicious seed also contains a good portion of fiber, which might be why a 2005 study done at the University of Milan, found that quinoa is excellent for staving off hunger and helping you feel fuller for longer.
It is packed full of antioxidants - Quinoa is also a great source of free phenols, which are used by the body to destroy free radicals in the bloodstream - Helping you look and feel younger for longer!
- It is good for your heart - Quinoa also helps reduce blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. It also helps reduce blood pressure which makes it an excellent food choice for people with hypertension.
As well as all of that it is an incredibly diverse food that comes in a variety of colours, can be eaten both cooked and raw and you can even eat the leaves! Enjoy it in salads, stir-frys, as a side to mains or in a delicious dessert!