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Top 5 Health Benefits of Quinoa

Top 5 Health Benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa has been grown across South America in Peru, Chile and Bolivia for thousands of years and was a staple food for the Incas. In recent years, quinoa has grown in popularity and you probably know it best in a salad.

There are many health benefits linked to quinoa, it’s been heralded as a super food, but what nutritional benefits can eating quinoa give you?

Here are our top 5:

1.With twice the protein content of rice or barley, quinoa is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. These minerals are needed for healthy bones and all round healthy body function.

2.Quinoa is among the least allergenic of all the grains, this is because it is actually a seed, making it a fantastic wheat-free choice for those who should avoid gluten.

3.Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete-protein source. Quinoa is therefore an excellent choice for vegans who may struggle to get enough protein in their diets.

4.Quinoa is high in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, which make it potentially beneficial for human health in the prevention and treatment of disease.

5.Naturally high in dietary fibre, quinoa is a slowly digested carbohydrate, making it a good low-GI option. This means that energy is released more slowly and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.