Quinoa: a superfood

Zykanthos (@chodebalm) 8 years, 10 months ago

Anyone else eat qunioa (pronounced “keen-wah”). If not, you should start incorporating it into your diet, especially if you are into weight training and trying to add muscle. But even if you’re not, it’s a terrific food packed with nutritional benefits.

List of health benefits:

1. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids.

2. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. Fiber is most widely known to relieve constipation. It also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and may help you to lose weight as it takes a longer time to chew than does other foods because it makes you feel fuller for longer and is less “energy dense” which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food.

3. Quinoa contains Iron. Iron helps keep our red blood cells healthy and is the basis of hemoglobin formation. Iron carries oxygen from one cell to another and supplies oxygen to our muscles to aid in their contraction. Iron also increases brain function because the brain takes in about 20% of our blood oxygen. There are many benefits of iron some more of which include neurotransmitter synthesis, regulation of body temperature, aids enzyme activity and energy metabolism.

4. Quinoa contains lysine. Lysine is mainly essential for tissue growth and repair.

5. Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and thereby to alleviate migraines. Magnesium also may reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. Other health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.

6. Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2). B2 improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help create proper energy production in cells.

7. Quinoa has a high content of manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.

February 1, 2013 at 10:12 am
Mike (208) (@mikedvs15) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

I know that it is a super-food and is very healthy for you but have always been turned off by it for some reason without having tried it, is the texture/ taste compare to couscous?

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hulklol (352) (@hulklol) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@mikedvs15,

Yes pretty the same, but even tastier!

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Konrad (28) (@lifted) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Great read @chodebalm, thanks for posting this!

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creds (36) (@creds) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@chodebalm, thank you, but I dont see why it’s a better alternative than oat?

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Zykanthos (4,757)M (@chodebalm) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@mikedvs15, To me it’s like a cross between eating rice and oatmeal. I dunno really how to explain it. But it’s good, There are many ways to prepare it to make it tasty. Here are some recipes if you’re interested: http://www.yummly.com/recipes?q=quinoa

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Zykanthos (4,757)M (@chodebalm) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@creds, In terms of protein, it’s far superior to oatmeal. Think of the benefits of oatmeal but with more protein and amino acids.

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Nick (554) (@splashartist) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@chodebalm, I actually just bought a bag to see if I can use it as a staple food (aka if I like it enough). It’s hard to get in decent calories and protein sometimes when I’m eating 90% vegetarian.

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Zykanthos (4,757)M (@chodebalm) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@splashartist, Exactly. I’m the same way with my diet. Fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grains, healthy fats. Hard to get adequate protein. But since I’ve started incorporating quinoa into my diet, the calories and protein are no longer hard to get. Hope you like it enough bro. There are hundreds of recipes for it too.

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Anonymous (19) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@chodebalm, DUDE What the hell, I’ve never heard of this before today, and people posted about it on facebook right before I saw this discussion. Novelty is fuckin with meeeee

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Nick (554) (@splashartist) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@chodebalm, Thanks for the info good sir! This will probably benefit me for my workout routine.

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Zykanthos (4,757)M (@chodebalm) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@splashartist, No problem! Let me know how it works out for you.

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Zykanthos (4,757)M (@chodebalm) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@frustratedpanda, That’s how it happens bro. It’s all about frequency/vibration. You’re hittin it! :)

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SamIam (3) (@secter7) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@chodebalm
Thanks for the post, I’m vegetarian and this looks like it would be great to incorporate into my diet

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Nick (554) (@splashartist) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@chodebalm, Will do!

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