7 Reasons to Eat Quinoa

Quinoa is suitable for all types of diets, as it doesn't contain any gluten, and has multiple health benefits. It can be eaten in seed or sprout form.
7 Reasons to Eat Quinoa

Written by Okairy Zuñiga

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Quinoa is great for you in so many ways. Plus, since it doesn’t have any gluten, it works for all types of diets, whether in seed form or as sprouts.
Have you tried quinoa? You’ve probably noticed that quinoa has become quite popular in recent years.  What you may not know is that there are some very good reasons for its popularity.
Some say gluten-free diets are good for health. One of the best foods for those who have gluten intolerance is quinoa.
You can consume quinoa seeds as a substitute for rice in any of its colors (red, white and black).  If you want to get the most out of it, you can also consume its leaves. You can use them just like spinach, and all you have to do is sow some seeds.

The composition of quinoa

Quinoa is made of complex carbohydrates. Each 100 grams of quinoa gives you:

  • 16 grams of protein
  • 15 grams of insoluble fiber
  • 200 calories
  • 39 grams of carbohydrates
  • 4 grams of fat

This translates into a very filling food that contributes to keeping your weight low. In addition, its texture is perfect for satisfying cravings for pasta or rice.
In addition to the above, this plant is rich in:

  • Minerals (magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus)
  • Vitamins (B complex, E)
  • Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids

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1. It helps you lose weight

Quinoa in a salad with broccoli tomatoes and corn

The first reason to eat quinoa is that it contains relatively few calories. In addition, some foods are known to accelerate a person’s metabolism by suppressing their appetite. Some people say quinoa is one of these foods.
Another reason that quinoa helps with weight loss is that it’s high in protein. Protein helps reduce cravings and hunger by keeping you satiated for longer. Plus, it’s low on the glycemic index, so your blood sugar will stay more stable.

2. It’s rich in antioxidants

Antioxidants are extremely important for good health. The reason is that they fight free radicals, and these elements accelerate the aging process and contribute to the development of arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.

Quinoa contains a large amount of antioxidants. The part of the plant richest in these compounds are the sprouts, so if you have the chance, add some to your salads.

3. It’s high in fiber

Quinoa in a bowl

Another reason to eat quinoa is that it is higher in fiber than most other grains. We recommend adding it to your regular diet if you suffer from:
  • Frequent constipation
  • Cardiovascular problems, such as high blood pressure or low blood pressure
  • Hemorrhoids

Diets high in fiber also help keep your glucose levels stable.  So,  if your doctor has told you that you have prediabetes or diabetes, we recommend eating quinoa instead of pasta or rice.

Read also: 3 Awesome Quinoa Recipes You’re Going to Love

4. It’s perfect for people who are gluten intolerant

People intolerant to gluten may have trouble eating a varied diet. However, one solution is to eat quinoa regularly. It works just as well as corn or potatoes.
In fact, in large stores you can even find it made into pasta substitutes. They are delicious and practical like regular pasta but won’t cause health problems.

5. It’ll keep manganese levels up

Quinoa in a salad

Just one cup of this plant provides a third of the manganese you need daily. Although people don’t talk about manganese very often, it’s very important if you want your metabolism to work like it should.
This element also enables your body to absorb enzymes and antioxidants. Therefore, if you’re trying to improve your diet, you should pay special attention to manganese.

6. It provides iron

We already know that iron is essential for your body. It helps in important functions, like the creation of hemoglobin and the distribution of oxygen via your bloodstream.
Therefore, eating foods rich in iron is crucial, and this plant is a great option.  To keep you from getting bored of it, remember that you can consume the sprouts and leaves as well. Add them to your salads along with or in place of spinach.

7. It has a high quantity of magnesium

Quinoa in glass jar

A cup of this food cooked provides almost a third of the amount of magnesium you need per day. This essential element helps over 300 enzymes do their jobs, and is found in healthy cells.
Low levels of magnesium can cause:
  • Muscle spasms
  • Heart problems
  • Diabetes
  • Migraines
  • Osteoporosis
  • High blood pressure

If this food hasn’t been a part of your life yet, now you have some reasons to try it. The truth is that it’s easy to cook and goes with almost anything. It’s easy to love!

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