Quinoa

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Feb 162012
 

All about Quinoa:

Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is cultivated in South America. Popularly referred to as the high protein grain, its becoming quite famous among health conscious people like me. Quinoa has a fluffy texture with sprouts appearing when they are fully cooked. Their slightly nutty flavor makes it an easy alternative for rice or cous-cous.

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One cup of cooked quinoa has 155 calories, 30 g carbohydrate, 3 g fat, 3 g dietary fiber and 5.5 g protein. While cooked pasta has around the same amount of carbohydrate and protein, quinoa has double the fiber of pasta. The protein profile of quinoa is notable because it is a “complete” protein, which means it contains all of the nine essential amino acids. Most other complete protein foods are meat or dairy-based, not grains. Since quinoa is a whole-grain seed, it is also naturally a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E and potassium.” (source: http://diabetes.about.com/od/dieticiansadvice/a/Quinoa_Nutrition.htm)

This makes Quinoa one of the most viable source of “complete” protein for vegetarians. Also this grain is a good alternative for people with type 2 diabetes. Being a whole grain and rich source of fiber, Quinoa tends to slow down the digestion of carbohydrates thus controlling the blood sugar level. To learn more about Quinoa visit the following sites

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=142&tname=foodspice

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa

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