Becoming a very popular food among health conscious people is Quinoa. This new health food is stacked with minerals, vitamins, proteins and fiber. It does not contain any gluten and it is highly recommended to people that are using a gluten free diet. It comes from a plant called Chenopodium quinoa and it comes in a yellow pod.
It can be substituted with rice as it is more like a seed. When you cook Quinoa it is white and puffy and looks like rice. It is also said that it is related to beet, spinach and chard. Quinoa originates from Peru, Chile and Bolivia and is one of the fastest growing health food on the health food market.
Some benefits of the Quinoa seeds
This food source is stack with minerals like potassium, copper, magnesium, iron and manganese. It is very important for food to have these minerals as they are doing the following in your body: potassium helps to control your blood pressure and your heart rate, copper helps to produce red blood cells in your body, magnesium relaxes the blood vessels in your body and it can help with depression and headaches, iron helps with the formation of the red blood cells and manganese is a co-factor of super oxide dismutase and it is a very powerful anti-oxidant.
It also contains various sorts of vitamins like vitamin A, B and E. It is also a very good fiber that helps with constipation and it also helps to bind toxins in the body that can help to prevent cancer. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits that will help to prevent inflammation, asthma and arthritis. Because this is a healthy grain it creates healthy microbes that assist in preventing things like diseases, inflammation and obesity.
People that have been using the Quinoa health diet have said that they have seen miracle changes in their cholesterol and it also helps with heart diseases. It also helps with hypertension and diabetes because it contains no gluten. This is one of the healthy foods that anyone can consider to live a healthier life style.
Fun facts about Quinoa
The old Inca tribes believed that by eating Quinoa seeds will make them live longer, that is why this was their primary food source, but Spanish explorers forced the Incas to abandon this cultivation. The Inca tribes called it the mother grain and that is what the word Quinoa means. Quinoa does not fall under the cereal class and it is not a grain. It is more a seed than it is a grain, but because it has so much less fat content than oil seeds, it is seen as a grain.
This plant grows in sandy soil that is well drained. The plant grows between 3 and 6 feet tall. It is a tough plant and can survive in alkaline soils as well. The plant starts to flower in July and the seeds are edible from August and September. The side of the seed is about mm in diameter and the outer shell is bitter and should be removed first before it is eaten. It can be planted anywhere around the world as it has proven that is can survive in very stressful and harsh conditions.
Nutrition facts about Quinoa
One cooked cup of Quinoa contains 222 calories, 3.4 grams of fat and 8.14 grams of calories. One cooked cup of Quinoa also contains 2.75miligrams of iron, 39.41 grams of carbohydrates, 2.02 milligrams of zinc, 318 milligrams of potassium and 13 milligram of sodium. Quinoa is seen as a great product because of it is a low fat, low cholesterol source of food. Vegetarians love this because it can give you the same things that meat does and it is very healthy for you. There are three different Quinoa colors and that is white, red and black.
White Quinoa is fluffier when cooked where back and red Quinoa are crispier and it does not stick together as it does with white Quinoa. This is the perfect health food for the body as it contains all nine the amino acids, which is the perfect balance for the human nutrition. This complete nutrition is only found in meats and it is very rare that one will find this in plants. This can also be a very good diet for people that have wheat and gluten allergies as it contains none of the two.
To prepare Quinoa for a meal you need to cook it on high until it starts to boil. Put the heat down and let is simmer for about 12 to 15 minutes. Quinoa has a bland taste, make it tasty by adding any spices that you feel like. You can also add some olive or coconut oil, herbs and even crushed walnuts or almonds. When it is almost ready, add some spinach to it and stir it occasionally so that all the water gets absorbed.