Quinoa: A complete protein and a wholesome food

Quinoa Nutritions

A complete protein is ideally the one that has all the essential amino acids in the right proportion. Quinoa is for a very long time accepted by dieticians world-wide as a complete protein.

How to pronounce Quinoa?

Quinoa is pronounced as:

 
US English - kɪnˈwɑː
 
UK English - kɪˈnəʊə

Quinoa Nutrition Facts:

Quinoa is rich in a wide range of nutrients. Essential amino acids are a major component in Quinoa. Amino acids that are required by the body but aren’t produced naturally and are to be supplemented with a good protein diet are known as essential amino acids.

Quinoa has all nine essential amino acids. They are:

  • Histidine
  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  • Lysine
  • Methionine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Threonine
  • Tryptophan
  • Valine

These amino acids are very much necessary to repair muscles that face wear and tear due to our daily activities. They are also required to build muscle tissues. They also help keep the body’s defense mechanism, called the immune system in the right condition. Quinoa with these is a complete protein food. Integrating quinoa in our diet in sufficient amounts is one of the healthiest practices of right “food for health” regimen.

Health Benefits of Quinoa:

The UN in recognition of the crop’s high nutrient content names 2013 as ‘International Quinoa Year’. It has twice as much protein as rice or barley. Quinoa is also a very good source of manganese, magnesium and calcium. It is also rich in several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fibre. Quinoa is thus a wholesome food.

A 100 grams of quinoa serving provides:

  • 368 calories
  • 14 grams proteins
  • 6 grams fat
  • 64 grams carbohydrates
  • 7 grams fibre

Quinoa has high phytonutrient content, an anti-inflammatory element that improves disease prevention and treatment processes. Quinoa also has omega-3 fatty acids in higher concentrations than other cereals and helps maintain healthy heart functions.

This nutrient rich composition of Quinoa makes it a healthy and a wholesome diet.

Quinoa can be consumed in various forms. You can try it as:

  • Roti made from Quinoa Atta
  • An alternative for wheat in foods you prepare
  • Spicy Cajun chicken Quinoa
  • Spicy vegetable & quinoa laksa

Some people get creative and prepare:

  • Quinoa, lentil & feta salad
  • Toasted quinoa, lentil and poached salmon salad
  • Spicy tuna quinoa salad

Get creative. Share your quinoa recipe with us at quinoanutritions@gmail.com. We will feature you and your recipe.

Footnote from Quinoa Nutritions

The blog of quinoanutritions.com is no substitute for your local healthcare provider. The content of this site reflects a general opinion of many with whom we have interacted or sought general information only. We at Quinoa Nutritions, suggest you to kindly approach your physician/ dietician for any specific concerns about your general health.