9 Reasons to Make Quinoa a Part of Your Diet

9 Reasons to Make Quinoa a Part of Your Diet

Quinoa is a trendsetting healthy food these days, but it dates back three to four thousand years, when the Incas discovered that quinoa seeds are fit for consumption. Incas hailed this food as “gold of the Incas” and believed that quinoa increased stamina of their warriors. 

Gluten-free and high in protein, quinoa is best known for being a weight-loss companion. Quinoa is highly nutritious and has many health benefits. There are many varieties of quinoa but three main types are white, red and black.  

    We give you 9 reasons to add quinoa in your diet:

    It offers complete protein

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    Quinoa is gluten-free and high in protein which makes it ideal for vegetarians. It contains all nine amino acids and helps meet the daily protein requirements for vegans or vegetarians. 

    Get your daily dose of fiber

    Quinoa’s fiber content is one of its top health benefits. With about 5 gm of fiber per cooked cup, it ensures that the digestive system stays on track and keeps you satiated for longer.

    Reduces bad cholesterol

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    Studies show that eating quinoa helps lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and slows down the rate of atherosclerosis thereby reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, heart failure and heart attacks. 

    Maintains blood sugar levels

    Packed with fiber, minerals, proteins and phytochemicals, quinoa makes an excellent addition to a diabetic diet.

    Rich in antioxidants and boosts immune health

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    Quinoa is a good source of several minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, copper, folate, iron, magnesium and zinc and antioxidants. They is known to enhance immunity and delays aging.

    Contains iron and helps form haemoglobin

    Quinoa is rich in iron, the basis of hemoglobin formation. Iron is the carrier of oxygen from one cell to another, aids in muscular contraction and also increases brain function. It also helps in neurotransmitter synthesis, enzyme activity, boosts metabolism and help regulate body temperature.

    Packed with magnesium, which helps relax blood vessels

    magnesium food with quinoa

    The presence of magnesium in quinoa helps in relaxing blood vessels and alleviate migraines.

    Good for people with gluten intolerance

    Researchers are exploring quinoa as a suitable ingredient in gluten-free diets. 

    Great for weight loss

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    The carbs in quinoa consist mainly of starch, insoluble fibers and small amounts of sugars that aid in digestion and friendly gut bacteria. It is full of energy and keeps you satiated for longer. 

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