According to NaturalNews.com, quinoa is also known as "the gold of the Incas" and "the supergrain of the future." It has many health benefits. Considered a "pseudocereal" since it is consumed the same was as cereal grasses such as wheat, it is actually a member of the same family as beets, spinach and Swiss chard.
According to NaturalNews.com, quinoa is rich in antioxidants. In addition to this, it has anti-inflammatory properties. Quinoa can encourage tissue production, aid in tissue repair and strengthen the immune system.
NaturalNews.com reports that quinoa is high in protein. Wikipedia agrees, noting "Protein content is very high for a cereal/pseudo-cereal (14% by mass), yet not as high as most beans and legumes. Quinoa's protein content per 100 calories is higher than brown rice, potatoes, barley and millet, but is less than wild rice and oats.. Nutritional evaluations of quinoa indicate that it is a source of complete protein."
Quinoa is high in calcium, according to NaturalNews.com and Wikipedia. Wikipedia claims that quinoa is an excellent source of calcium for vegans and people with lactose intolerance. NaturalNews.com reads "Quinoa also has a great deal of calcium in comparison to other grains in the same category. For example, quinoa has twice the amount of calcium as whole wheat when you compare the two ounce for ounce."
Quinoa contains vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, according to NaturalNews.com. "Quinoa has a significant amount of Riboflavin which helps to stimulate your metabolism," the site reads. "Quinoa will regulate and promote energy production in your brain and muscle cells while increasing your metabolism. Riboflavin has also been shown to be a contributing factor to migraine relief."
According to Wikipedia, quinoa is high in magnesium and iron and is gluten-free.
Here is a recipe for Vanilla Quinoa Pudding, which is a healthier version of rice pudding.
In saucepan combine 2/3 cup low-fat milk and 2 teaspoons corn starch. Stir until dissolved. Add 2 teaspoons sugar and heat slowly, stirring until mixture has been reduced by half and begun to thicken. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and mix well. Add 2/3 cup cooked quinoa and heat through. Top with fruit and serve. Eat within a few days.
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