Scientifically Proven Health Benefits Of Protein-Filled PLANTS – #3 Quinoa
Written by: Drew Canole
Quinoa was called the ‘Supergrain of the Future’ by Forbes Magazine, but its consumption dates back to more than 3 thousand years ago when the Incas first started to utilize its beneficial qualities.
The Incas believed that quinoa gave their warriors strength and stamina. Some even call quinoa a superfood and due to its growing popularity, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 the ‘International Year Of Quinoa.’
Quinoa is a protein and nutrient-dense seed (not a grain at all!) that makes a great substitute for traditional grains. It is an excellent source of plant protein and is becoming more and more common in protein powders.
DID YOU KNOW: Because quinoa is easy to grow and has a high nutrient content, NASA has been looking into it as being a “suitable crop” for growing in outer space!
Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids. A lot of plant-based proteins are lacking lysine, which is why people often turn to animal-based proteins. Quinoa, however, contains lysine as well as the other 8 amino acids that aren’t made by the human body.
Because of quinoa’s incredible nutritional profile, we chose it as a star in our brand new Complete Protein powder! Be sure to check out the details at the bottom of this post.
More Benefits Of Quinoa
Quinoa has hundreds of trace minerals, many of which have impressive health benefits. One of these, quercetin, has been studied for its anti-inflammatory effect. The bulk of illness we see today is due to chronic inflammation and a diet high in inflammatory foods.
Research has found that flavonoids, such as those found in quinoa, work as natural antivirals.
The trace mineral quercetin, found in quinoa, has been studied for its anti-cancer abilities and has been called a “promising agent” for cancer prevention. Quinoa has one of the highest amounts of quercetin found in plants.
Because of its protein and fiber content, quinoa helps you feel full faster and for longer amounts of time. Quinoa will provide those seeking to lose weight with an incredible nutritional punch, a feeling of satiety as well as desired energy and stamina. Some studies also suggest it may boost metabolism.
According to recent surveys, around ⅓ of americans are avoiding and/or trying to avoid gluten. Quinoa is gluten free and easy on the digestive system. Using quinoa in the place of other gluten-free agents has been found to dramatically increase antioxidants and nutrients in one’s diet.
Quinoa contains 10-16 grams of fiber per 100 grams, which is twice the amount of other grains! Studies have found that fiber is beneficial in the prevention of diabetes, helping to lower cholesterol, weight management and energy regulation.
Quinoa has a low glycemic index (53), which means it doesn’t cause blood sugar to spike quickly. This makes it a good choice for those with diabetes or those struggling with high blood sugar.
When you think of antioxidants you probably think of berries and superfoods, not grains and seeds. Quinoa is surprisingly high in antioxidants, ranking the highest when compared to other pseudocereals, legumes and cereals. Antioxidants are vital to keeping the body free of oxidative damage and disease.
Other Minerals In Quinoa
Protein Power Pesto Bowl Recipe
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups organic chicken broth
- 1 bunch massaged kale
- ½ cup homemade pesto
- ½ lemon, zest and juice
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 4 organic cage-free eggs
- 2 tbsp walnuts, chopped
- 1 tbsp parsley
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
Instructions: Heat coconut oil in a pan over medium-high heat and add rinsed quinoa. Cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add chicken broth and salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer covered for 15 minutes. Combine quinoa with kale, pesto, pepper, lemon juice and green onions. Top with lemon zest, walnuts and poached egg.
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Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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