ALL ABOUT QUINOA
Quinoa is a superfood that is becoming more popular in recent years, although it has been around for over 7000 years already. Originally from South America and known as an ‘ancient grain'.
Today, three South American countries were the top producers of Quinoa, with Peru is the largest, Bolivia is the second and Ecuador ranked third.
There are three varieties of quinoa that are most widely cultivated and available.
This is the most common kind of quinoa available in stores, so it’s often just called quinoa, sometimes it’s also called Ivory quinoa.
Cooks report that red quinoa hold its shape after cooking abit better than white quinoa, making it more suitable for cold salds or other recipes where a distinct grain is especially desirable.
A bit earthier and sweeter than white quinoa, black quinoa keeps its striking black color when cooked.
Base on the applications, quinoa are sorted into 3 main types.
The grain cooks in around 15 minutes and when cooked, it reveals a small white tail (the germ of the kernel).
Can be added to soups, salads and baked goods, creating a light, fluffy side dish
Are simply steam-rolled to create a quick cooking flake.
Quinoa flakes can be used for a nutritious hot breakfast cereal, pancakes, waffles or smoothies. The flakes can also be used to coat fish or chicken, or they may be used as an alternative to rolled oats in muffins or cookies.
with a tasty, nutty flavour, quinoa flour may be used in gluten free baking, by combining with tapioca, potato starch and sorghum. This flour may also be used as a thickener in sauces, soups and other dishes, especially in cases where additional protein may be beneficial.
Quinoa is a highly valuable nutrient-rich food that is gluten-free and a rich source of protein.
1 ounce of Quinoa provide our body with
4g protein (8% DV)
3.2mg Calcium (1% DV)
Good Source of Proteins
The quinoa plant has been highly regarded as a rich source of protein and amino acids. It is a source of essential amino acids like lysine, methionine, and tryptophan. In fact, it is a single source for all of the nine essential amino acids, which is not usually the case with other grains.
Improve bone health
The amount of calcium found in quinoa is similar to that of dairy products, but it has been pointed out that those who are intolerant of dairy products can eat it.
Improve hearth health
Quinoa contains high-quality proteins and carbohydrates with low glycemic index, along with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as antioxidants, are good for reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases in the future and improving the overall heart health.