Quinoa – Enhance you diet – High Fibre-Nutrient Rich
Quinoa – The golden ‘grain’ of the Andes
Quinoa is a staple food of the ancient civilizations of the Andes of South America, and is mainly grown in the Andean Countries of Peru and Bolivia.Because of its high nutritional value, indigenous peoples and researchers often refer to it as “the golden ‘grain’ of the Andes.”
The taxonomic classification is:
• Kingdom: Plantae
• Order: Caryophyllales
• Family: Amaranthaceae
• Subfamily: Chenopodioideae
• Genus: Chenopodium
• Specie: Chenopodium quinoa Willd
Quinoa – Is it a cereal? What does it taste like?
Kuinoa is not a cereal. It is sometimes called a pseudo-cereal because of its grain-like appearance and sometimes a pseudo oil seed because of its high content of fat.
Kuinoa has a very delicate taste, often described as nutty,earthy. Quino contains saponins, which are normally removed mechanically prior to being sold, or otherwise need to be carefully rinsed off prior to cooking to remove their bitter taste. Quino has an interesting texture that can add crunchiness to almost any recipe. Quino can be classified into “bitter” and “sweet” varieties that reflect the saponin content, which is much lower in the sweet varieties.
What are its distinct properties? Nutritional and functional properties
- high nutritional value
- a nutritious food
- its leaves stems and grains healing wounds, reducing swelling,soothing pain (toothache) and disinfecting the urinary tract.
- They are also used in bone setting, internal bleeding, and as insect repellents.
Compared to other grains its very high in fibre. This helps reduce blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, increase fullness and help with healthy weight loss.
Quinoa has a high percentage of total dietary fibre (TDF), which makes it an ideal food to detoxify
the body, eliminating toxins and waste products that may harm the body. Quinoa produces a feeling of
fullness. Cereals in general and quinoa in particular, have the ability to absorb water and stay longer
in the stomach.