Nutritious, tasty and versatile, quinoa deserves more recognition
Here are the best reasons to consume it :
Quinoa requires little resources and can grow in a range of conditions
The quinoa plants need very little water to be able to grow and can withstand extreme conditions of drought and salinity. These valuable qualities have earned quinoa the title of “grain of the future” because of its ability to grow in more conditions than many other crops cannot, improving food security in some regions of the world.
Quinoa has a very interesting nutritional profile
This pseudograin has it all: a high protein content (it's one of the few grains to have all nine essential amino acids!), a good source of fiber and a variety of minerals and antioxidants. 1 cup of quinoa contains about 8 grams of protein, the equivalent of one egg. Red, white or black, the color of quinoa does not affect the nutritional value of the grain. However, you will taste differences in the texture. White quinoa is airy and light, somewhat like white rice. Black quinoa or red quinoa is crispier and denser, closer to what brown or black rice provides on the palate.
Quinoa is suitable for many types of diets
First, people with Celiac Disease or those having gluten intolerance will also beneﬁt from quinoa since it does not contain any gluten and acts as a nutritious alternative to any wheat-based product. Rich in complex carbohydrates (which are digested gradually), quinoa will also be a food of choice for those following a low carb diet. Finally, its complete protein content makes it a staple in any plant-based pantry.