The benefits of quinoa and its benefits
The word "quinoa" is not particularly familiar to the domestic consumer. No wonder, because this product appeared on the shelves of our stores relatively recently. But in the United States, South America and many European countries, this cereal is very popular and is used for food quite often.
Let's figure out what this mysterious product is - quinoa, what benefits it can bring to the body, what the potential harm is, and how to properly use this culture.
Quinoa - what is it?
So, behind the word "quinoa" (or "quinoa" is the correct name, the options are also used: "rice quinoa", "Peruvian rice", "quinoa") - this is a pseudo-grain crop that grows in the countries of South and Central America. This culture formed the basis of the diet of the indigenous people of these places - the ancient Incas, Mayans and Indians. Currently, cereals are grown not only in Latin America, but also in Tibet, in the Himalayas and even in the jungle.
Quinoa is extremely appreciated by fans of a correct and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Indeed, this cereal has an excellent chemical composition, contains a lot of protein, vitamins and minerals, and, in general, has a very beneficial effect on the body.
Outwardly, the cereal resembles the familiar buckwheat, but slightly larger. Also, its grains are light, cream, yellow or red.
Quinoa is extremely nutritious . They cook it - both as ordinary porridge and as a side dish. They add grains to salads, casseroles and even desserts.
Useful properties of cereals for the body
- First of all, it should be said that quinoa is perhaps the most protein-rich cereal , 100 grams of protein contains about 15 grams, and in some varieties this figure increases. Therefore, the product will be extremely useful for vegetarians and vegans, as well as people who adhere to a strict protein-free diet or, for some reason, do not eat meat.
- The composition of quinoa is rich in vitamins, one serving of this cereal contains a daily dose of such minerals as potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc.
- There is a lot of phosphorus in this cereal - almost the same as in fish, the main source of this substance. Phosphorus is essential for healthy bone and tooth enamel.
- Quinoa also contains ample lysine , an amino acid responsible for the health of hair, skin and nails. Lysine is essential for the normal functioning of the immune system, blood vessels. Also, lysine is involved in the synthesis of muscle protein, therefore, it is especially necessary for growing children, people with a lack of body weight and people trying to build muscle mass.
- Quinoa is beneficial for diabetes mellitus as it normalizes blood glucose levels .
- Groats are loaded with healthy fats - tocopherol , retinol , as well as folic and pantothenic acids. All these elements are necessary for the body. They also have a beneficial effect on the health and beauty of nails, skin and hair, reduce hair loss and fragility, and improve the appearance.
- Quinoa does not contain gluten , and therefore can be consumed by people with intolerance to this substance.
- The cereal contains tryptophan , a substance responsible for good mood and proper sleep. Thus, the product normalizes the functioning of the nervous system and has a good effect on the psyche.
- Rice quinoa also brings tremendous benefits to our digestive system, because this product contains a large amount of fiber. The work of the stomach and intestines is normalized; the body quickly removes all toxins and toxins.
- Plus, quinoa is very nutritious and can quickly satisfy hunger .
- Regular use of cereals normalizes hormonal levels, helps to fight stressful conditions, overwork.
- Also, this culture normalizes the amount of cholesterol in the blood .
- Quinoa can be recommended for people looking to shed those extra pounds c. Grain accelerates metabolism and breakdown of fats in the body, in addition, the dietary fiber in the composition fills the stomach for a long time, saturating and muffling the feeling of hunger.
- The introduction of the product into the diet will help prevent many diseases, including diseases of the cardiovascular system and the formation of a malignant tumor.
- Cereals are allowed for pregnant women . Quinoa has a beneficial effect on the fetus and on the health of the expectant mother. However, before using the product, you should consult with a specialist.
- First of all, rice quinoa is contraindicated for people with individual intolerance or allergy to the product.
- This cereal has a fairly high calorie content, and therefore may be contraindicated for people with overweight and obesity.
- You should not get carried away with the product for persons with kidney problems, gallstone disease, gout.
Recommendations for use
- The easiest way to make quinoa is to boil it. Porridge from this cereal is prepared in the same way as from any other, however, it is worth considering some nuances: before using the cereal, it is imperative to thoroughly rinse or pour over boiling water in order to wash off toxic substances from the grains.
- You also need to maintain a balance of cereal and water: a glass of quinoa will require one and a half to two glasses of water.
- The porridge should be cooked over low heat, stirring constantly, and carefully make sure that the grains do not boil down into an incomprehensible mess.
- There are other recipes using quinoa. "Peruvian rice" is used as an additive to cottage cheese, cereals, soups, stewed vegetables, and is also added to baked goods. A casserole made from cereals and vegetables will also be tasty.
- Quinoa can be used to make a cocktail - just add water or juice and sugar to the grains. This drink will refresh you in the heat of summer and nourish the body with vitamins.
- Rice quinoa is also used for cosmetic purposes - as part of hair and face masks.