Quinoa is great for vegetarians as it is meat free yet packed with protein. In fact, not only is it high in protein but it is also a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids.
It is also high in fibre, which helps keep the digestive system healthy and efficient, as well as iron, which keeps blood cells healthy so they carry oxygen around the body.
As well as being great for vegetarians, quinoa is also suitable for people with food allergies as it is gluten free. Anyone who has a gluten intolerance or coeliac disease cannot process gluten at all so their diet, especially when it comes to grains, can be very limited. Quinoa, however, can replace the grains and rice in many dishes allowing sufferers to eat certain meals again.
Some people have reported that quinoa helps alleviate chronic headaches. The reason for this may be the magnesium content in the seed, which opens and relaxes blood vessels – a common cause of migraines.
Quinoa is a great source of riboflavin, which promotes proper energy production within the cells.
It is also a great source of calcium. Therefore, with many people removing dairy from their diet nowadays, it can offer a health alternative.
Quinoa has been shown to lower hypertension, heart disease and heart arrhythmia.
It is extremely versatile and very tasty. Quinoa can replace rice or pasta in almost any dish and is perfect as a side dish to any meal.
Quinoa is incredibly easy to cook. Just add it to a bowl of boiling water, simmer for 15 minutes and it will be done – very similar to cooking rice.
It is extremely low in calories and has a low GI, meaning it will keep you fuller for longer and won't spike your blood sugar, something that white rice has been proven to do.
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