What are the Health Benefits of Quinoa?
Recently, quinoa has gained global popularity - and for good reason. The grain is actually ancient and has been grown in South America for hundreds of years. During the Incan Empire it was even considered a sacred grain. But thanks to its incredible health benefits and low footprint on the environment, it is now being grown everywhere. And as it’s as tasty as it is healthy, you can be sure your quinoa-based meals will be a hit!
Packed with Nutrition
Not all foods pack so much nutrition into such a small package. Quinoa sets a high bar for its competitors: rice, beans, and flours. However, quinoa isn’t a cereal grain like barley and wheat, but more of a pseudo-cereal grain. But even though it’s not a true cereal, it can still be counted as a whole wheat grain for your nutrition calculations.
Just 1 cup of quinoa includes:
8 grams of protein
5 grams of fiber
58% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of manganese
30% of the RDA magnesium
28% of the RDA phosphorus
19% of the RDA Folate
18% of the RDA Copper
10% of your B1, B2 and B6 vitamins
With all of that nutrition, it may be surprising to learn that you will have only consumed 222 calories, 39 grams of carbs, and 4 grams of fat with each serving.
Cancer Fighting Power
Quinoa contains a number of different trace nutrients in addition to those listed above, including quercetin and kaempferol. These ingredients have been shown to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and even anti-depressant effects when tested in animal studies. By including quinoa as a regular part of your diet, you will significantly increase your intake of these nutrients - many of which you would otherwise struggle to find.
High in Fiber
Just in case you weren’t completely sold on quinoa yet, consider that this grain is also ridiculously high in fiber in comparison to other grains. In a study that looked at four different types of quinoa, results showed that there were 10-16 grams of fiber in every 100 grams of quinoa. That’s more than twice the fiber content of most other grains.
It’s Gluten Free
It can be tough to find delicious and healthy options if you are allergic or sensitive to gluten, but quinoa offers a great alternative to traditional flours. It also offers significantly more nutrients and antioxidants than potato, corn, or rice flours.
High Protein Content
When you’re trying to stay healthy, overeating can be one of the fastest ways to derail your plans. Protein helps to satisfy your hunger, and keeps you feeling full longer than most other food groups. It also helps to repair and restore your muscles after difficult workouts. Quinoa contains 8 grams of protein per cup, so it’s a fantastic option to keep you energized and healthy for longer.
With all of these health benefits, it’s no surprise that quinoa is considered a superfood! Try some of Honeyville’s organic quinoa today to see just how delicious and versatile this grain can be.