The UN FAO named 2013 ‘International Quinoa Year in recognition of the crop’s high nutrient content.
With more than twice the protein content of rice, quinoa is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also possesses good levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fibre.
Quinoa is among the least allergic of all the grains, making it a fantastic wheat-free choice. Quinoa is a gluten-free and cholesterol-free whole food and is very healthy for snacking.
Most of the carbohydrate in Quinoa is made of starch. Quinoa is low in its Glycaemic Load. Much unlike rice it does not spike the blood sugar levels after being consumed. Quinoa is thus a boon for those who are trying to manage their blood sugar levels.
Quinoa is rich in an amino acid called Tryptophan that plays a key role in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter called serotonin, which is integral for our wellness. Quinoa is also gluten free, thus making it easier to digest.
Finally, of all the whole grains, quinoa has the highest protein content, so it’s perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Quinoa provide all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.