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Quinoa

First a foremost, you want to know how to pronounce this word. Quinoa. It is pronounced keen-wa, not kwin-o-a, not keen-ya. KEEN-WA.

Yes, quinoa is many times referred to as a grain, however, it is not a grain. It is actually a seed from a a vegetable related to Swiss chard, spinach and beets.

High Quality Protein. It has 9 essential amino acids, and the protein balance is similar to milk. At 16.2 – 20% protein, it has more protein than rice (7.5%), millet (9.9%), or wheat (14%).

Twice as much fiber as other ‘grains.’ Quinoa is a complex carbohydrate. It helps to relieve constipation, and reduces high blood pressure and diabetes to prevent heart disease. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, and may help you to lose weight 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. Only 172 calories per ¼ cup (24 of the calories from protein and only 12 from sugars, the rest are complex carbohydrates, fiber and healthy fats).

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.

Contains Iron. It 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.

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.

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