With changing climate and lifestyle, people have started exploring more options in the types of grains they consume. The market is all about exploring grains that are easy to grow, nutritious and even better if gluten-free. Cultivated in over 120 varieties, Quinoa is rapidly gaining popularity because of all the mentioned characteristics and multiple health benefits it comes with.
Let's quickly dive into what all quinoa has to offer for us and how we can make most of this nutritionally dense grain.
1. Benefits of Quinoa
Rich in nutrients: Quinoa is rich in nutrients like protein, folate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, copper, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Good source of anti-oxidants: Quinoa has high amounts of plant-based compounds, which have both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Two of these compounds, Quercetin and Kaempferol, protect the body from harmful free radicals and promote overall good health.
Helps in Weight Management: Because quinoa contains fiber and proteins in good amounts, it gives the feeling of being full, thus, helping in weight management. Not only that, adding quinoa to your diet promotes good gut health. Good gluten-free alternative: Quinoa is a gluten-free grain and works as a great alternative for people with gluten intolerance. It contains fiber, folates, zinc and magnesium, which often other gluten-free options lack.
2. How to incorporate in your diet?
Quinoa, being gluten-free and a good source of plant-based protein, makes for a good choice for people with celiac disease and ones following a vegan diet respectively. There are three most commonly used varieties of quinoa- white, black and red. Black and red quinoa are slightly chewer in taste and go well in salads, white, on the other hand, is less bitter in taste than the other two varieties.
You can add quinoa to your diet in variety of ways- salads, patties, pancakes, soups, stuffed peppers and many more. You can also a lot of classic Indian recipes with Quinoa like upma, poha, pulao, chilla, khichdi and dosa.
Tassyam White Quinoa is certified 100% organic and is made with no artificial flavours and colours. It is packed with fiber, proteins and makes for a great gluten-free, keto and vegan diet. Well, if you are looking to bring a change in your diet, you know where to start from.