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Blueberries, acai berries and pomegranates have all been in the Superfood spotlight, but did you know about quinoa? Chock-full of protein, packed with fiber and easy to cook, quinoa is the word on every health nut’s lips in 2010.
Pronounced KEEN-wah, this low-fat grain has been around for over 3,000 years and is considered one of the world’s most nutritious foods. The protein in quinoa is special because it is considered a “complete protein,” meaning it contains all nine amino acids that the body requires for building muscles.
It is rich in calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamin and B6, not to mention that it’s also gluten-free (meaning no bloating, ladies!). A study conducted by the UK Women’s Cohort Study among more than37,000 women has shown that foods like quinoa, which are high in insoluble fiber, may significantly protect against breast cancer in pre-menopausal women. Being high in magnesium and riboflavin, this grain may also be helpful to those suffering from migraines.
Quinoa is an easy-to-use, versatile food. Often used as a rice substitute, it can also be incorporated into desserts, smoothies and much more. When cooked, quinoa gives off a pleasant nutty flavor.
Need some suggestions for incorporating it into your daily meals? Check out this delicious recipe for Quinoa-Stuffed Red Bell Peppers from Shape Online!