A-Z of super foods: Quinoa

A-Z of super foods: Quinoa

Low in both calories and unsaturated fat, this tiny little seed is incredibly beneficial for the body.

With an appearance like rice or couscous, quinoa is a nutritious and filling grain-like staple which is actually the seed of a green leafy vegetable quite similar to chard.

It is definitely one of the most super of superfoods out there, offering essential vitamins and acids the body doesn’t produce naturally.

High Protein alternative to traditional grains

15% of the total content of quinoa is protein, according to a 2009 study by the University of Chile.

This is more than double the amount you’d get from standard grains.

The study also discovered that quinoa has a complete amino acid profile, an entirely unique property to this particular seed and not something you’ll find in just any grain.

This means that each serving of quinoa gives you all nine of the key building blocks your body needs to make more protein.

Natural Appetite Suppression

Research carried out by the University of Milan in 2015 found that quinoa has a surprisingly good natural ability to control appetite. It helped participants in the study to consume less food throughout the day. The study also highlighted quinoa as a great diet food because of its high protein and low calorie profile.

Fights Diabetes and Hypertension

The Universidade de Sao Paolo in Brazil found that quinoa is able to lower blood glucose levels in people with diabetes.

It also found that regularly eating quinoa can bring down blood pressure in people living with hypertension.

Anti-Ageing Properties

In 2012 the University degli Studi di Foggia carried out a study looking at the effect of quinoa on antioxidant levels.

They found that quinoa is a great source of healthy free phenols which destroy free radicals in the blood.

With this in mind, it can have a positive effect in halting the ageing process and also reduce the risk of some types of cancer.

Quinoa is clearly packed with goodness and it’s very easy to add into your meals, substituting for rice or other grains or even sprinkling into salads or cooking into cereals.


The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.


Matthew C.
28 November 2015

Matthew C.

Wow - I knew it was good for you, but that's great to know all the scientific details. It makes it more worth the pricetag then too! i

Clare R.
26 November 2015

Clare R.

I'm still not sure how to pronounce it - but I've learnt a lot about it now!

Olga N.
25 November 2015

Olga N.

I had no idea quinoa was a seed and we eat it all the time! Glad to hear it has so many health benefits as well as tasting great.

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