The ancient grains “Quinoa”


This blogs is about the quinoa food recipes. One of my friend suggest me to have a quinoa cereals breakfast in the morning. As, i had heard a lot about quinoa cooking styles but i had never tried it.

INTRODUCTION

Quinoa is pronounced “keen-wah,”. It is a high-protein crop which is cooked and eaten like a grain, though technically it’s not (it’s actually more closely related to beets and spinach).Quinoa is originated in the Andean region of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia, where it continues to be grown as a staple food.It has become increasingly popular in the US and Canada, and across Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and parts of Asia, where it is not typically grown.

Quinoa looks like a small, curled cereal grain. It comes in a range of colours most commonly golden tan, but sometimes red or black. We can have it whether as puffed or just with the grains, depends on what you are going to cook. It is rapidly growing in popular like other ancient grains like Amarnath, barley, farro, buckwheat etc.

Through my research on Quinoa i came to know that it is called “the mother of all grains” and was first cultivated over 5,000 years ago. There are hundreds of cultivated types of quinoa, but mostly i have seen in the stores are white, red and black quinoa.

[ Sources: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/274745.php ]

Interesting Facts

  1. It is believe that quinoa helps to prevent from a number of diseases.
  2. Comparing to other grains and cereals, quinoa is high in antioxidants.
  3. It can be prepared in a less time( within 15 mins).
  4. Quinoa has a naturally bitter coating called saponin that acts as an insecticide.

Quinoa is naturally gluten-free. Whole grains, quinoa provides essentials vitamins, minerals and fiber. It helps to regulate the digestive system and keep satisfied. The whole grain of quinoa can be eaten without removing any parts of it(outside cover). It is also called as a pseudo-cereal.

One cup of cooked quinoa, weighing 185 grams contains:

  1. 222 calories
  2. 8.14 g of protein
  3. 5.2 g of fiber
  4. phosphorus – 28% RDA (recommended daily allowance)
  5. Potassium – 9% RDA
  6. Copper- 18% RDA etc.

It also contains more than 10 percent of the RDA of the vitamins B-1, B-2, and B-6, and traces of vitamin E, B-3 and calcium

Health benefits—

  1. It contains high fiber which may help to improve blood sugar control.
  2. It is a complete protein and contains all nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce.
  3. Provides a higher amount of antioxidants compared other grains.
  4. Manganese is found in quinoa that is essential for development, metabolism and antioxidant system.
  5. Quinoa is iron content which is necessary for a range of processes in the human body.
  6. Quinoa contains more lysine than any other grain and these lysine is important for the synthesis of proteins.
  7. Helps to manage potassium levels
  8. Prevents from kidney stones
  9. B-2 (riboflavin) is found in quinoa that might help to reduce some types of migraine headache.

[sources: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/quinoa

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-quinoa ]

Provided link has a lots of quinoa food recipes and instructions that might be in your bucket list. if you’re keen than you can give it a go… (https://www.cookinglight.com/food/recipe-finder/cooking-with-quinoa?)

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