The magic of quinoa

Updated: Jan 23

Today, I would like to talk more about quinoa. Quinoa, from Quechua Kínua, is a pseudocereal (nongramineous) native to the lands of Peru and Bolivia 1 to 3 meters high and whose grains, about 2 mm, are considered sacred in some villages of the Andes.

Leaving aside the metaphysical beliefs surrounding quinoa, it is a very complete food with 8 essential amino acids among which lysine, arginine and histidine stand out. It contains a fantastic balance between proteins, fats and carbohydrates and compared to the rest of cereals its amount of protein is the highest.

In summary, its nutritional aspects make it an amazing superfood:

  • Absence of cholesterol in its fatty contents.

  • High fiber content and easy digestibility.

  • No fat formation in the body.

  • High protein content and presence of essential amino acids in a good balance.

  • High digestibility of carbohydrates


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Uses of quinoa


Food


It is the main use of quinoa. Due to its nutritional characteristics it is considered a superfood. The grain can be shown roasted or ground or transformed into flour.


Medicinal and pharmaceutical industry


For thousands of years, Andean populations have traditionally granted medicinal properties to the consumption of quinoa grains and flours, based on their characteristics of vitamin content and mineral salts and microelements such as magnesium. New research reveals that quinoa is a good alternative for patients who suffer from disorders derived from their celiac condition, taking into account the fact that quinoa can easily replace wheat flour and derivatives whose consumption affects these patients, while ensuring the nutritional requirements that its consumption covers.

Important properties have also been observed that patients suffering from diabetes could help, this would be associated with their fiber content and the presence of easily digestible carbohydrates.


Cosmetics


Another use that is creating a trend is the use in cosmetics and beauty articles. Products such as soaps or body creams have begun to be developed, based on some of the biochemical properties of quinoa.


Undoubtedly, quinoa is a pleasant discovery for our diet, with great economic potential for developing countries. Quinoa, that little stranger who has been away from our kitchens, recently has been proclaimed the healthiest cereal in the world.

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