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History of Quinoa
Quinoa originated in the Andean region of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru, where it was succsessfully domesticated 3.000 to 4.000 year ago for human consumption.
The Incas, who held the crop to be sacred, referred to Quinoa as chisaya mama or 'mother of all grains', and it was the Inca emperor who would traditionally sow the first seeds of the season using 'golden emplements'.
Even during the ancient times, Incas knew the facts about Quinoa nutrition and considered uinoa as the "Mother of all grains. They believed in its excellent nutritional benefits as they actually increased the stamina of warriors because it is rich in 'Complete Protein'.
This may be the reason why ancient warriors' wounds heal faster and thus they are able to last longer in the battlefields.
Most nutritionists and dieticians would probably encourage the use of Quinoa in a diet as it is considered one of the healthiest ways for natural weight loss, not to mention that it is by far one of the most nutritious ingredients to ever hit the supermarket shelves, in fact Quinoa contains 5 times more calcium that animal protein and 9 times more iron than that found in a single serving of meat.
One of the reasons it is an effective food for naural weight loss is that is has a low Glycaemic Index Product. A Quinoa diet is rich in protein and consists of all of the nine most important amino acids essential for the development of tissues in the human body. This type of protein includes the nine essential amino acids namely:
Eating food that have a low GI score will anhance the regulation of blood sugar, so you'll feel fuller for longer periods.
In effect, you are less prone to eating in between meals. also, food with higher GI score will drive up your blood sugar levels much quicker, so it is highly probable that you'll feel hungry a few minutes after finishing a full meel.
Quinoa's Nutritional Facts
Among the Top Quinoa Nutritional Facts Worth Knowing Are The Following:
- Quinoa has a high level of protein. Compared with other grains, it provides a wider and more properly balanced variety of amino acids (which are the building blocks of protein).
- It is also a great source of magnesium and menganese. Magnesium is a mineral that aids in relaxing the blood vessels. It is proven effective for people who have migraines because it prevents constriction and rebound dilation in blood vessels that often tinggers migraine attacks. Since Quinoa magnesium, it dramatically reduces, if not totally eliminates, headaches and migraines.
- It provides adequate amounts of vitamins A and B2, as well as dietary fibers. Vitamin B2, otherwise known as Riboflavin, is necessary in reducing migraine attacks by helping improve brain and muscle cell metabolism.
- It is rich in minerals like iron, phosphorus, copper and zinc.
- Quinoa is gluten free. Since it has a one-of-a-kind consistency and texture, chefs or even health buff formulate their own recipes with Quinoa. They use it is recipes the same way as couscous rice. Moreover, today's diet-concious consumers prefer gluten free Quinoa bread over the usual bread with flour, egg and butter.
Of course, there are a lot of other nutritional benefits from Quinoa aside from the ones previously mentioned. It is not only a great alternative to rice and other grains but it is also rich in Calcium. This provides for promotes stronger and healthier bones.
In its whole grain from, Quinoa is said to be effective in the prevention and treatment of altherosclerosis, breast cancer, diabetes and insulin resistance. It is highly recommended by doctors the world over because it does not feed any type of fungi and bacteria in the body. As a prebiotic, Quinoa feeds the god bacteria called 'microflora' in the intestines. Aside from this, it is easily digested which promotes optimal nutrient absorption.