I always feel a bit awkward when people ask me what I do. Sometimes I just say I am a homeschooling stay at home mom. While this is the truth, obviously with this website and several others that I own I do much more. Add to that that most people don’t even know what quinoa is much less the many quinoa benefits and you will see why sometimes I just keep my mouth shut! Lately though, I’ve felt more of an urge to speak up thanks in part to the popularity of this website. After all, everyone should know about the benefits of quinoa, not to mention just how great it can tasted when cooked properly!
Today I thought I would share some of the health benefits of quinoa for those who are new around here and don’t understand just how good for you quinoa is.
First though, if you have never purchased quinoa before, you may be wondering where you can get it. You can purchase it at most health food stores. If there is a Whole Foods where you live that is generally the best bet because you will save a fortune shopping in the bulk bins. If you are ready to commit, the next best bet is buying bulk online. At less than $3 a pound, you come out way ahead of where you would be if you simply bought it at your local grocery store. (You can buy quinoa bulk here: You can actually also get a pound of quinoa for $3.99 here, but just be aware that with shipping this may not make sense unless you order other items like nuts, flax seeds or chia seeds. ) If you don’t want to do that, you can check out your local grocery store or health food market. Another alternative is to order from Amazon, where you can get inexpensive shipping. You can do that here:
Ok, now on to quinoa benefits!
There are so many quinoa health benefits that I don’t know where to start! Quinoa is recognized most often for its high quality of protein. A single cup of cooked quinoa has 8 grams of protein, which is more that most grains. With so many people trending towards “Meatless Mondays” and even becoming vegetarians, there is no doubt that the protein content is partially responsible for the increase in popularity. What makes the protein in quinoa so special is that it is considered “complete”. What this means is that all of the amino acids that we need for health are in quinoa. This is extremely rare in the plant world! Of special note is that quinoa is a rich source of lysine, which is the amino acid that our bodies need for cellular repair.
The carbohydrate content of quinoa is low on the GI scale, meaning they are the “good” slow burning carbohydrates. This makes is a great alternative for both diabetics and those who are trying to watch their diet.
All the Benefits of Whole Grains
It’s no secret that there are many health benefits of adding whole grains to your diet. With quinoa, you get all the benefits of whole grains plus the protein! The fact that grains have been shown to reduce your risk of developing type two diabetes makes it a great food for those who are at risk of developing diabetes. Additionally, those with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol can also benefit by adding whole grains into their diet. Whole grains may even protect against obesity and premature death.
Rich in Vitamins, Minerals and Phytonutrients
Quinoa offers the body an abundant source of vitamins and minerals. The magnesium content is believed to be able to help fight off cardiovascular disease. Quinoa is also a great source of calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, manganese, tryptophan, copper and vitamin E. A single cup of quinoa has a 5 grams of fiber meaning you can get a significant portion of your daily requirements of fiber in just one meal!
All of the quinoa nutritional benefits combine to make it one of the most nutritious foods that you could ever hope to eat.