Quinoa: Healthy Whole Grain

Have you heard of Quinoa? If not it is pronounced KEEN-WA. Quinoa is a whole grain with high fiber, iron, and contains eight essential amino acids. It was a staple with the ancient Incas in South America who called it the “mother grain”. It is a versatile grain which can be used like oatmeal or made like rice to go with any meal or any taste from sweet to herby. You can easily substitute wheat, flour (if you purchase the flour Quinoa), rice and oatmeal. Adding in Quinoa is easy since it is a snap to prepare.

Cool Facts about Quinoa

Quinoa contains amino acids, vitamins, minerals, fiber, enzymes, phytonutrients and antioxidants making it a complete natural food.

Compared to other grains, quinoa is higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc.

Complete protein: Quinoa is the only whole grain that is a complete protein. It contains all 9 essential amino acids. Amino acids are required by the body as building blocks for muscles.

Magnesium: Magnesium is known to maintain a healthyblood pressure and relax muscles. Quinoa is a significant source of magnesium.

Fiber: Quinoa has a significant amount of fiber to regulate your digestive system and promote good health.

Manganese and copper: These minerals act as antioxidants to help prevent cancer causing substances. Quinoa is a wonderful source of both minerals.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Quinoa has a low glycemic index and since it is a whole grain it is satisfying. It is easy to make and incorporate in any diet. It is low in fat and calories yet filling so you can leave behind other carbohydrates and substitute with Quinoa for a full feeling.

Health Benefits

Quinoa is said to be effective in preventing and treating these conditions:

Artherosclerosis

Breast cancer

Diabetes

Insulin resistance

High cholesterol

High blood pressure

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Richele is a Christian homeschooling mom to four children, writer and business owner. Her collegiate background is in educational psychology. Although it never prepared her for playing Candyland, grading science, chasing a toddler, doing laundry and making dinner at the same time.

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