Not too long ago, the only people who knew about the incredible grain, quinoa, were health food enthusiasts and people in South America. It was obscure and now it is becoming well known. Again, you could not find quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) in regular grocery stores about ten years ago. It was only found in specialty and health food stores back then. Presently, you can find it on almost all grocery store shelves and you can order it online.
Quinoa is a whole grain and it is loaded with nutrition. To make matters even better, it is totally gluten free and is fine for those on a gluten-restricted diet. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and some other grains. Some people are unable to tolerate gluten, being allergic to it, and others react extremely to it, causing serious health problems. Quinoa has absolutely none of this semi-dangerous gluten in it.
When you read about quinoa nutrition, you will find many praises to the health benefits. First of all, it has all nine of the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. This is perfect for vegetarians and vegans who do not eat meat for protein. Though meat also has all the protein people need, it is not good for people on special diets and the fats have been shown to increase the incidence of heart disease.
You will find no health risks with this fiber-rich, protein-rich grain. It is also loaded with B-vitamins to help the body metabolize the protein into the building blocks of bodily tissues. Can you find a better grain? Maybe you can. There are lots of super-foods out there which also provide complete nutrition, but they may not all be as tasty.
One of the best features of quinoa is its nutty, rich taste with a lite texture. In this way, it not only has a great flavor, it is neither too heavy nor too lite on the stomach. When you mix it with vegetables, it makes a great stir-fry or you can serve it with some other grains like rice or with legumes like beans.
Finally, even though quinoa has all the protein you need, you can still serve it with light meats such as chicken and fish if you do eat meat. It creates a wholesome meal when also served with vegetables and meats. You will get every vitamin and mineral you need.