Quinoa

About Quinoa

Quinoa's scientific name is Chenopodium. Quinoa is a flowering plant in the amaranth family. It is a healthy grain native to the Andean region, cultivated mostly in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. The most commercialized types of quinoa are black, white and red. Quinoa seeds are known for its high protein and fiber content and their leaves are among the most nutritious vegetables.

Quinoa Uses, Properties, and Health Benefits

Quinoa, due to its high content of nutrients have many health properties like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, which may treat various diseases such as osteoporosis, heart, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and may inhibit pancreatic cancer growth and other types of cancer. Quinoa has anti-ageing properties, which can repair your damaged skin. Quinoa is gluten-free which makes it excellent for those suffering with Celiac disease which is a gluten intolerance condition.

Quinoa Nutritional Information

Quinoa is often referred to as a powerful superfood because it contains essential amino acids like glutamic acid, aspartic acid and arginine, and leucine. Quinoa also contains vitamins such as vitamins B and E, choline, betaine. It is also a good source of minerals like Iron which is very important in maintaining many body functions including brain and muscles functions as well as for preventing anemia. Magnesium which helps the body prevent such diseases as heart disease and osteoporosis. Quinoa is also a good source of potassium containing over 560 mg per 100g of potassium. Quinoa is also rich in phosphorus and calcium.

Quinoa Nutrition Facts (per 100 g)

Nutrition Facts
Calories: 368
Calories from Fat: 54.6
Total Fat: 6 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g

Sodium: 5 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 64.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 7 g
Starch: 52.2 g

Protein: 14 g

Amino Acids
Alanine: 588 mg
Arginine: 1091 mg
Aspartic Acid: 1134 mg
Cystine: 203 mg
Glutamic Acid: 1865 mg
Glycine: 694 mg
Histidine *: 407 mg
Hydroxyproline: 567 mg
Isoleucine *: 504 mg
Leucine *: 840 mg
Lysine *: 766 mg
Methionine *:g 309 mg
Phenylalanine *: 593 mg
Proline: 773 mg
Serine: 567 mg
Threonine *: 421 mg
Tryptophan *: 167 mg
Tyrosine: 267 mg
Valine *: 594 mg
*Essential Amino Acids

Vitamins
Vitamin A: 14 IU
Beta Carotene: 8 mcg
Lutein+Zeaxanthin:g 163 mcg
Vitamin B1 Thiamin: 0.4 mg
Vitamin B2 Riboflavin: 0.3 mg
Vitamin B3 Niacin: 1.5 mg
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid: 0.8 mg
Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine: 0.5 mg
Folate: 184 mcg
Vitamin E Alpha-Tocopherol: 2.4 mg
Gamma Tocopherol: 4.5 mg
Delta Tocopherol: 0.4 mg
Choline: 70.2 mg
Betaine: 630 mg

Minerals
Calcium: 47 mg
Copper: 0.6 mg
Iron: 4.6 mg
Magnesium: 197 mg
Manganese: 2 mg
Phosphorus: 457 mg
Potassium: 563 mg
Selenium: 8.5 mcg
Sodium: 5 mg
Zinc: 3.1 mg

References:
https://www.britannica.com/plant/kale
https://www.curesdecoded.com/products/quinoa/1506
https://blog.curesdecoded.com/quinoa-is-it-really-as-healthy-as-it-sounds/
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/5705/2