5 Key Facts about Quinoa

 

quinoa-grain_webThe word “quinoa” is pronounced “KEEN-wah.” It comes from the Spanish word, quinua,
which itself comes from the word “kinwa” or “kinua” in the Quechua dialect.

 

Key Fact 1:
Quinoa has been used for several thousands of years in the high Andean areas of South America. There are a number of varieties, it grows in a variety of conditions and it comes in several colors. It is an extremely nutritive food source.

It has a unique combination of anti-inflammatory compounds, and it contains heart-healthy fats. It lowers total cholesterol levels while maintaining levels of ‘good’ cholesterol.

 

Key Fact 2:
Quinoa is a good source of manganese which is necessary for skin integrity and control of blood sugar levels.

Diets low in manganese have been linked to conditions marked by increased free radical damage to cells and tissue, including skin problems and asthma.

 

Key Fact 3:
The leaves and stems of the plant can also be eaten, and tastes similar to other members of the same family, that is, spinach, chard and beets.

 

Key Fact 4:
It is a complete protein source. Regular consumption of quinoa may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes due to it’s good source of fiber and outstanding protein quality; ‘two dietary essentials for regulation of blood sugar.’

 

Key Fact 5:

A final area of likely benefit involves decreased risk of allergy—especially for individuals who have adverse reactions to certain grains and seek practical alternatives. Already, several public organizations have recommended quinoa as a substitute for wheat whenever the avoidance of this gluten-containing grain is required. The low-allergy potential of quinoa—coupled with its relatively high digestibility—has also made it a food of special interest in the diet of children and toddlers.

 

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