Quinoa Health Benefits You Should Know

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A Superhero Seed: Quinoa Health Benefits

Quinoa, tagged a whole grain – I lump it in that category, too, simply because it’s easier to discuss that way, but technically it’s a seed and is packed with health benefits. A relative of the leafy green vegetable family (kale, spinach, collard greens, swiss chard), if not harvested, quinoa will sprout into a leafy veggie. From South America, quinoa was once considered, “the gold of the Incas.”

Quinoa Loves You All Over

Why eat quinoa? Let’s summarize some top quinoa health benefits:

  1. Quinoa is a complete protein – that’s right – besides soybeans and shitake mushrooms, it’s one of the few vegetarian sources of a complete protein, providing all 8 essential amino acids on its own. Unlike whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, it does not need to be paired with anyone – no “Wonder Twin” powers needed here. This superhero seed has it all on its own!
  2. Especially high in Magnesium, which helps to relax the muscles and blood vessels, helpful both for migraine headaches and heart health.
  3. High in B2, Riboflavin, which has been helpful in reducing migraines in migraine sufferers, probably because it supports the energy production within cells.
  4. A good source of fiber, like many seeds, leafy vegetables, and whole grains, so it helps you hit that recommended 25-30 g of fiber a day.

“Is Quinoa Yummy?”

IMO, the answer to that rests entirely upon how you cook and flavor it. There aren’t any magical foods that cook and season themselves – I wish there were. Restaurants and convenient, quickly cooked foods exist for a reason. But I’m here to help with that. Check out my Mediterranean Quinoa Recipe with White Balsamic Vinaigrette.

 

Sources

http://www.livestrong.com/article/252385-what-are-some-benefits-of-shiitake-mushrooms/
http://www.cookthink.com/reference/111/Is_quinoa_a_grain_or_a_seed
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=142&tname=foodspice

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