Food is the most important part of life. A lot of people are now aware of healthy food for healthy life but most of them are unaware about the superfoods. Superfood is a relatively new term. A superfood is that food which is heavily rich in the nutrients required by a human body. Quinoa is one of such foods. Quinoa is getting popularity world wide due to its very high nutritional and health benefits. Now it is being grown in Pakistan and easily available. However, majority is still not used to its taste and usage.
Quinoa is used as a whole grain and is a excellent plant protein and fiber source. A cooked cup can provides 8 g protein and 5 g fiber. Quinoa provides complete protein dislike other plant source proteins. Because it has all 9 essential amino acids that a human body cannot make.
Quinoa is gluten-free food and a good food for celiac disease.
The UN named 2013 ‘International Quinoa Year’ in recognition of the crop’s high nutrient content. With twice the protein content of rice or barley, quinoa is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also contributes useful levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fibre.
Cooked quinoa seeds become fluffy and creamy, yet maintains a slight crunch. It has a delicate and subtly nutty flavor, versatile for breakfast (as a cereal), lunch (as a salad) or dinner (as a side).
Quinoa is among the least allergenic of all the ‘grains’, making it a fantastic wheat-free choice. Like buckwheat, quinoa has an excellent amino acid profile, as it contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete-protein source. Quinoa is therefore an excellent choice for vegans.
This video explains an easy quinoa salad which can also be eaten as full meal.