Home » Diet and Nutrition News & Advice » The Incredible Health Benefits of Quinoa

The Incredible Health Benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa is a grain crop that is known for its edible seeds. While it’s become quite trendy as of lately, quinoa has actually been around for a long, long time. It was an important crop for the Inca Empire who used to refer to it as the “mother of all grains” as it was sacred to their culture. The people in South America are no stranger to quinoa. It’s been an important part of their diet for thousands of years, but has since grown in popularity in North America. It’s now commonly advertised as a superfood or popular health food.

So what’s the fuss all about? Quinoa sounds like a strange word (pronounced KEEN-wah)…it looks kinda different…what’s so super about this food? In addition to being extremely versatile in the kitchen, quinoa also has some pretty incredible health benefits!

1. Full of Nutrients and Antioxidants

Although it’s commonly referred to as a grain, quinoa is actually a pseudo-cereal which basically means it’s more like a seed than a grain, but it’s eaten and treated like a grain. With that being said, quinoa contains more vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants than any other grain. These days quinoa isn’t hard to come by in grocery stores and in restaurants and there’s a reason for it! It’s super healthy to eat, is easy to prepare and is the perfect substitute for less health conscious options like rice or potato.

There are three main types of quinoa: red, white, and black. They are all super nutritious. According to Healthline, 1-cup of any of these types of quinoa contains 8-grams of protein, 5-grams of fiber, as well as a good chunk of the daily recommended allowance for magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, folate, copper, iron, zinc, potassium, and vitamins B1, B2 and B6.

Another reason quinoa is so healthy is because it is high in antioxidants, “which are substances that neutralize free radicals and are believed to help fight aging and many diseases,” writes Healthline. The source refers to a study which compared antioxidant levels in five cereals (3 pseudo-cereals and 2 legumes) and ultimately found quinoa to have the highest amount of them all.

Next »

More on ActiveBeat
  • The Worst Drinks in North America
    We often don't think of drinks as something that makes us overweight or unhealthy because we typically associate weight gain with eating, but there are plenty of popular beverages...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Warning Signs of Zinc Deficiency
    Of all the essential minerals, we're perhaps the least familiar with zinc, which is strange because it's super important!
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Garlic
    Garlic has long been celebrated in the fantasy realm for warding off evil—specifically blood-thirsty vampires.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Fatty Foods With Mega Health Benefits
    Our instinct is to run and hide from any kind of food that contains or causes 'f-word,' also known as fat. But what we don't realize is that not all fatty foods are bad for us.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Radishes
    Radishes are not an uncommon food, but they're often overlooked because they're rarely ever eaten on their own and often added to other dishes as a side or topping.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Beets
    Sure, they might look a little rugged on the outside, but beets are actually quite friendly when it comes to our health.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Absorb These Health Benefits of Vitamin C
    You've been told many times by parents and doctors to get your vitamin C... but why, exactly?
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Surprising Factors That Can Raise Your Blood Sugar
    When you think of things that will raise your blood sugar, especially if you're a diabetic, you might think of things to avoid such as candy bars or pastries first.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 20 Foods to Reach For in an Energy Slump
    Late afternoon is when my energy is usually at an all time low. I used to think that meant a walk to the coffee shop to grab an extra-large cup of caffeine to get me through the...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Foods That Help Banish Bloating
    Bloating: that uncomfortable pants-are-too-tight feeling many people experience after overeating at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 12 Incredible Health Benefits of Flaxseeds
    The flaxseed: it's one of the world's oldest superfoods. Consumed by humans for roughly 6,000 years, the flaxseed has long established itself as a source of important vitamins and...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Seaweed
    When you think of seaweed, you're probably not thinking about its benefits – and more about how it's just slimy weeds at the bottom of the ocean or lake that can get tangled up...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Ginger
    There are few spices in the world more useful or beneficial to human health than ginger, a root that's typically available in most parts of the world at a remarkably affordable...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Cucumbers
    Cucumbers are cool – in more ways than one. Not only are they a nutritious and light addition to salads (not to mention being tasty), they carry a lot of health...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Eating Celery
    Celery – it's sometimes the co-star on a plate of chicken wings while watching the big game, but in fact celery should have a pedestal all its own.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice