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The numerous properties of quinoa are an increasingly recurring theme, so much so that years ago this food was not as integrated into our diet as it is today. In fact, its high nutritional value means that this seed is considered a ‘superfood’, like chia seeds, avocado or kale. Quinoa actually comes from a plant native to Bolivia, Chile and Peru. It is a seed considered a pseudocereal, with an appearance almost similar to that of rice.
7 properties of quinoa
Quinoa has become a must for its great properties for people who are committed to healthy and organic food:
- It provides a large amount of protein.
- It contains Omega 3 and Omega 6, vitamin B2.
- Its high fibre content.
- Low glycaemic index.
- Healthy fats.
- High mineral content.
- Rich in amino acids.
5 benefits of quinoa
Therefore, with all the mentioned properties, we can say that quinoa provides us with five outstanding benefits:
- It helps intestinal transit: its high fibre content helps prevent constipation and improves intestinal transit, so that it contributes to better digestion.
- It is ideal for celiacs and diabetics: quinoa is naturally gluten-free and at the same time has a low glycaemic index, making it a good option for celiacs or people with diabetes.
- It is antioxidant: it has a large amount of flavonoids that help to cleanse the body and prevent the signs of premature ageing.
- It helps to control cholesterol: thanks to its unsaturated fat and fibre content, it improves cardiovascular health.
- Helps to take care of the skin: its consumption improves the appearance of the skin thanks to the essential amino acids that contribute to the regeneration of the tissues.
How to prepare quinoa?
Quinoa can be served in an infinite number of recipes, but there are three fundamental steps that we must not forget when preparing this food. As is well known, quinoa has a bitter taste produced by saponins that must be eliminated before serving. Therefore, the steps to follow are:
- Put the quinoa in a colander to wash it well minutes before cooking it. Until the foam (saponin) disappears.
- Cook the quinoa for 15 minutes. Use three cups of water for each portion of quinoa.
- When the quinoa is soft, remove the water and drain in a colander.