What is it?
It may be called a grain by many people because it is often used as a cereal and cooked as a grain, but technically speaking, it isn’t one. Quinoa is the seeds of Chenopodium, a plant from the Goosefoot family, which is the same family as spinach, beets and chard.
Called an ancient grain as its history dates back 4,000 years ago, quinoa is a native of Bolivia and the Andean region of South America. It is grown primarily for its edible seeds and was considered a staple food.
The Incas think of it as sacred. They call quinoa grains as “chisaya mama” which means “mother grain.” For some reason, the Spanish colonists banned its cultivation during the European conquest calling it “food for Indians.”
But in the 1980’s, two Americans discovered quinoa when they were studying spirituality in the Bolivian Andes. They initiated its cultivation for the first time after the fall of the Incan civilization. Today, quinoa grains have three varieties: whole grain white, black and red.
It was the United Nations who first declared quinoa a superfood. In 2013 the Food and Agriculture Organization named the year the International Year of Quinoa. The reason has been given this attention is because quinoa is literally a powerhouse of nutrients. Even NASA have put it on their list of food for astronauts during prolonged spaceflights.
Nutritional value of quinoa shows it has a protein content equal to that of milk, which makes it a great plant-based protein source. It is also a great source of calcium and is naturally gluten-free so it is very ideal for people who are gluten and lactose-intolerant.
Dietary fiber, iron, magnesium and phosphorous can also be found in abundance in quinoa. Just a cup of quinoa already contains 5g of fiber, 8g of protein, 19% DV folate, 30% DV magnesium, and 15% DV iron.
What do all these mean? It means, these nutrients all help in the maintenance of healthy heart, teeth, bones, muscles, red blood cells and nerve function. Health benefits of quinoa also includes anti-inflammatory function, aids people in losing weight, controls blood sugar and blood pressure and boosts the body’s immune system.
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