Food | Why quinoa packs a hard punch

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Aptly referred to as the supergrain of the future, we look at the main benefits of adding quinoa to your main dishes and overall diet.

Quinoa is often touted as a great alternative to pasta or rice by health gurus. Why? Because quinoa is the ultimate superfood that can provide so many benefits to your overall health and well being.

Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat, containing all nine essential amino acids. It is for this reason why it is the preferred choice over rice, millet and wheat.

It also contains twice as much fibre as most other grains thus helping to relieve constipation and preventing heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fibre also lowers cholesterol and glucose levels and helps to lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids.

As it’s a good source of riboflavin, it is recommended for those that suffer from migraines as this helps improve the energy metabolism within the brain and muscle cells.

Quinoa has a high concentration of iron, helping to keep healthy red blood cells and regulation of body temperature.

Magnesium is also found in quinoa. This helps to relax blood vessels and thereby also helping to alleviate migraines. It may also help to reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control.

For those that want to manage their weight, quinoa is a good option as it only has 172 calories per quarter cup. It is a complex carbohydrate and so has a low glycemic index, another bonus when minding what you eat.

People who follow gluten-free diets tend to eat a lot of quinoa as its not related to wheat or grain and is naturally gluten-free.

Quinoa cooks faster than most whole grains, taking only 12 to 15 minutes. As such, it can be easily whipped up when preparing meals. It can be added to porridge, used in salads and as an alternative to rice or pasta for curries.