There can rarely be a conversation about food or eating habits with a reference to nutrition. What foods have nutritional value and which ones do not is always a topic of the latest commercial or new product claim. Quinoa is considered by many be a super food. A super food is simply one that provides so many benefits that it should be immediately added to one’s every day diet and food regiment.
Nutrition simply defined is the method we get all the necessary building blocks for good health. This includes such household words as protein, vitamins, minerals,and fiber to name some of the most popular.
Why do we need protein? Frankly, you are nothing without protein. Every cell in your body is made of protein, everyone. If you want to make a new cell or repair a damaged one, you have to have protein. The body is marvelous in it’s ability to make proteins out of amino acids. There are 9 amino acids, however, that are required for protein production that our bodies can not make. We have to get them through our eating habits. Quinoa has all of those essential amino acids and is rightly called a complete protein. In the plant world this is very rare and not found in rice or wheat. Quinoa is found in every grocery store and can reduce your dependence on animal products for protein.
We all know we need vitamins and minerals. Why spend a fortune on supplements when there are easy recipes for quinoa that provide a boatload of nutrients. First, there are the B vitamins. They are most notably needed by the body to convert foods into calories and then into energy. If you are low in energy, a doctor will first look at your intake of B vitamins. Quinoa provides a substantial amount of the B vitamins with every serving.
Minerals like magnesium, zinc, phosphorous and iron are abundant in quinoa. Magnesium is needed by over 300 chemical reactions in the body. Running low on magnesium is like adding water to your gas tank in your car. Zinc has widely been touted as a great way to empower your immune system. It is available in expensive over the counter remedies but can easily be found in quinoa. Phosphorous helps regulate hormone production and nothing makes one feel off kilter more than having a hormone imbalance. Iron, is largely responsible for allowing red blood cells to carry oxygen to every cell in the body. The brain uses 20 % of all of the oxygen in your blood stream so adding quinoa to your diet can keep you thinking straight. These are only 4 of the minerals in Quinoa, some others are potassium, manganese, copper, calcium, selenium. It is easy to see how it has earned the label super food.
And it would be remiss not mention the daily dose of fiber that is available in quinoa. Fiber is important for digestive health. It has been shown to help regulate blood sugar, saving you from the yo-yo spikes of feeling great then crashing. It also helps prevent strokes and heart attacks by lowering their occurrence.
Their are thousands of recipes for quinoa, on the box you buy or on the internet. You will enjoy adding such a healthy food to your diet.
Here are the nutritious value according to www.healthline.com .
- Protein: 8 grams.
- Fiber: 5 grams.
- Manganese: 58% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
- Folate: 19% of the RDA.
- Copper: 18% of the RDA.
- Iron: 15% of the RDA.
- Zinc: 13% of the RDA.
- Potassium: 9% of the RDA.
- Over 10% of the RDA for vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
- Small amounts of calcium, B3 (niacin) and vitamin E.