It’s hard for any food in the cabinet to match quinoa’s health and nutritional benefits. If you are looking for a simple starch to add to your weekly menu, one that does not include gluten but is loaded with protein, fiber, and minerals, quinoa is the superfood for you. Here are a few reasons why you should add quinoa to your diet.
Quinoa contains flavonoids. Though flavonoids are most often found in richly hued foods such as blueberries, cranberries, and raspberries, the flavonoid content in quinoa is surprisingly greater. These flavonoids—quercetin and kaempferol—are well known for their health inducing benefits. Not do flavonoids provide rich antioxidants, they also provide anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular system benefits. Flavonoids are also considered to have anti-cancer elements. Quinoa’s high volume of flavonoids is just one reason to eat this superfood!
Quinoa is very high in fiber. Fiber is necessary for healthy blood sugar regulation. Eating a diet high in fiber can also help reduce risk of type 2 diabetes. The high amount of fiber found in quinoa can also help you achieve a healthy weight. Because fiber isn’t digested—it simply passes through—a high fiber meal may feel more substantial and leave your hunger satisfied for a longer amount of time. By adding quinoa to your diet, you will reap all the benefits of a fiber-rich diet.
Quinoa contains high levels of minerals. Quinoa is an excellent source of iron, copper, calcium, and potassium. These minerals support vital functions of the body, aiding in the production and formation of red blood cells, helping regulate growth and development, nucleic acid synthesis, controlling heart rate and blood pressure, and other health inducing benefits. Quinoa is also rich in magnesium, a mineral that relaxes blood vessels leading to the brain, which helps cure headaches and depression.
With these healthy facts in mind, add quinoa to your shopping cart and browse the web for delicious recipes. Quinoa is easy to add to any meal… take it away!
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