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The Importance of Quinoa In Your Diet

Originally, this post was supposed to be about quinoa recipes. Then I thought it is better if I first write about quinoa’s health benefits and its importance in your diet as vegetarian or vegan. (Besides the fact that it is delicious.) Quinoa is a seed that is gluten-free, high in protein and also known as a “superfood.” My only problem with quinoa was its name. I could never pronounce quinoa right, I’d just say “can I have ki-noa salad, please?” Nobody ever corrected me. Of course I had no idea I was pronouncing it wrong, until one day I just listened carefully to a coworker saying ” keen-wah.”  Apparently that’s how you pronounce it.

Here is some nutritional facts about this superfood.

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Why should you add more quinoa to your diet? Simply because it is delicious, easy to cook and very filling. Though it is often referred as a grain, quinoa is from the same family as beets and spinach, and it is a seed. South America is a home for quinoa specifically in Peru, Chile and Bolivia.

Also, I never knew the difference between red, black and white quinoa except that black and red quinoa are crunchier, whereas white quinoa is fluffier. One of the nutrition books I read recently, mentioned about darker colored quinoa being healthier. But why? My curiosity led me to this whole quinoa research.  Let’s find out together!

According to Livestrong.com quinoa contains all the 10 essential amino-acids, which are the building blocks of protein.

After further research, I found that there are no significant differences between black, red and white quinoa except the texture. They all offer same high quality nutrition and earthy flavour according to thekitchn.com. So, it is your choice to decide which one you use to cook. I personally like white quinoa because of its fluffy texture and it is easy to make.

According to livescience.com quinoa is:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • Gluten-free
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Great for Heart Health
  • Helps with Digestion
  • High in Protein with all the essential amino-acids that the body needs

Additional sources:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/314466-red-quinoa-nutritional-benefits/

https://quinta.co/2016/07/14/how-do-red-black-and-white-quinoa-compare-with-quinta-quinoa/

http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-quinoa#section1

Stay tuned for the next post with quinoa recipes.

 

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Hi, I'm Fara, writer of these posts and wearer of many hats. I'm here to share my experiences with plant-based food and exercise. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”

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