There’s no single magic ingredient in quinoa — what sets it apart
as a Superfood is how well it meets so many of the body’s nutritional needs,
especially measured against wheat, barley, maize or most other grains
and food crops. Research continues to reveal new benefits and potential
health-related applications for quinoa in the prevention and
treatment of conditions from diabetes and obesity to hypertension.
Better for you across the board. Quinoa contains all nine of the amino acids essential to the human system and so represents a complete source of protein. (Amaranth, a quinoa cousin, is about the only other food plant of which this is true.)
There are no known allergies to quinoa, and it is naturally gluten-free. Considered a “whole grain,” it is a good source of fiber. Quinoa’s high fiber content (best among grains) can help improve digestive function, reduce blood cholesterol and may lower the risk of heart disease.
Gifted with a perfect balance of protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates, quinoa is filling and provides lasting energy. It is an effective appetite suppressant.
Quinoa provides a mouthwatering menu of mineral wealth. Magnesium (boosts metabolism), potassium (supports muscle function), phosphorus (promotes hormonal balance) and zinc (provides antioxidants and strengthens the immune system) — all are present in significant quantities. Compared with a serving of whole wheat, quinoa offers almost twice as much bone-building calcium.
Quinoa contains high levels of phytonutrients (“phyto” from the Greek word for plant) and vitamin E, providing valuable anti-inflammatory properties.
As the study of quinoa becomes more extensive, the list of nutritional benefits will only continue to expand. For further details, see the accompanying charts and Quinoa Nutrition page.