Quinoa is a superfood that cannot miss your pantry or shopping cart, not only for its rich flavor but for its many health benefits. A few years ago, a special interest for this rich in vitamins and minerals product from the Andes region has resurfaced all over the world. Hence, here we have some interesting facts about this superfood:
1. Most of its calories are complex carbohydrates that transform very slow into glucose, allowing a more progressive release of energy throughout the day.
2. Why is it so healthy and energetic?
- It has a high level of proteins. For every 100 grams, it contains about 16% of the daily proteins value that the Food and Drug Administration recommends, based on a 2,000 calories diet.
- It is composed of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and vitamins C, E, B1, B2, B3. All very important for the proper functioning of the organism.
- It is as well rich in amino acids, which influence brain development.
- Contains Omega 6 which helps to balance cholesterol levels in the body.
- It is an important source of soluble and insoluble fiber.
- And it has a very low glycemic index, so it can be consumed by diabetics. Being a complex carbohydrate means it is assimilated slowly without causing blood glucose peaks.
3. It does not contain gluten, so it is ideal for celiac predisposed people.
4. Quinoa is not properly a cereal. It is technically the seed of an herb, although it is considered a grain.
5. The natives of South America, specifically from Peru and Bolivia, incorporated this seed into their daily diet thousands of years ago, becoming a staple food for the pre-hispanic population. In fact, the Incas considered it a sacred food and they called it "the mother grain".
6. We can find numerous quinoa species that differ by the color and nutritional value of the grains. All very rich!
7. Despite being a South American native food, you can already find crops in the United States (Colorado), the Himalayas and Finland.
8. In 1996, quinoa was classified by the FAO (United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture) as one of the crops with the greatest future for humanity, due to its benefits, various uses and, above all, because it is considered an essential source to alleviate the problems of global malnutrition.
Quinoa is, without a doubt, one of the healthiest foods available. Incorporating it into your meals is a healthy and smart decision.