The health benefits of supergrain Quinoa
This decadent Raw coconut tart and chocolate mousse creation from Alessandro looks sinful but is in fact saintly. It’s actually dairy free, gluten free, sugar free and vegan. Alessandro uses popped quinoa in this recipe – one of the world’s healthiest foods.
Quinoa is fast becoming the ‘superfood’ of the moment. It has a plethora of health benefits and The Quinoa Corporation even calls quinoa the “Supergrain of the Future. ” We’ve put together a list of some of the benefits of including Quinoa into your diet.
-Quinoa is gluten free
With more and more people experiencing gluten and wheat sensitivity and discovering they feel better and lose weight when they reduce gluten consumption, quinoa is a perfect addition to your diet.
-Quinoa is high in protein.
Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods you can eat. Quinoa contains all nine amino acids, making it a truly protein-rich food, which can aid in muscle recovery and building.
-Quinoa is Low in Calories
Quinoa is relatively low in calories. One serving of cooked quinoa contains approximately 172 calories. Even if you ate two or three servings of quinoa, you would get a much larger quantity of food for fewer calories than you would eating a plate of pasta, for example.
-Quinoa is full of antioxidants
Quinoa contains the antioxidant phytonutrients quercetin and kaempferol. Quinoa also has a great deal of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, which can promote tissue growth and aide in tissue repair as well as fight off disease and infection. It also contains Manganese, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.
-Quinoa is high in fiber.
Quinoa contains twice as much fiber as almost every other grain . Fiber is an essential nutrient that regulates blood sugar levels and regulates your digestive system.
-Quinoa contains Riboflavin (B2).
The Riboflavin (B2) will regulate and promote energy production in your brain and muscle cells while increasing your metabolism.
-Quinoa contains lysine.
Lysine is mainly essential for tissue growth and repair.
-Quinoa has a low Glycemic Index
Quinoa is 35 on the glycemic index, which is relatively low and similar to most vegetables. Quinoa is safe for diabetics and it won’t spike your blood sugar (which causes you to crave more sugar or simple carbohydrates) so it’s great as a healthy weight-loss aid.
Easily prepared, quinoa can be incorporated into a number of recipes including salads, soups, side dishes and desserts. Popped Quinoa, as used in the raw coconut tart, makes a great snack all on it’s own (just like popcorn – but much healthier) or sprinkle over yoghurts, salads and cereals to add some extra crunch – and health – to your meal.
The Raw coconut tart and chocolate mousse is available at the KX Restaurant