In my mind, I always thought that Quinoa was a superfood. I literally HAVE been WONDERING about it for the entire time I have been alive. Not only does it have all of the essential amino acids our body needs, Quinoa is also a source of lean protein and insoluble fiber. However, after doing some research on Quinoa and determining that it doesn’t really pack the muscle building punch that I thought it was…
My thoughts on Quinoa (and my other Goji Berry products) are as follows. Quinoa is NOT a “superfood” for building your muscle! Quinoa is NOT a “super” ingredient for adding Lean Body protein to your diet. Quinoa definitely does NOTHING to help you increase your protein intake as other protein sources do.
Quinoa is p deficient in the essential amino acids and thus your body is not able to use them.
However, other than that… Quinoa is aweet and tasty with many different recipes and side dishes. Quinoa is sold in basically all local grocery stores, my local grocery store has it as well asresulting grocery stores, health food stores, dietary supplement stores, on-line specialty stores and also on the internet.
On top of that, Quinoa is working its way to be the new “TM” of protein supplements.
According to Quinoa growing and harvesting company simultanerypto, when Quinoa is grown in the right conditions, in the right soil, and in the right part of the world, Quinoa may produce 10 times the protein with 20 times the amount of energy than any other grain grown in the US!
Currently, Quinoa is not really far behind other staple grains in terms of protein levels. But, Quinoa has a few more benefits as well.
The lentils, technically known as legumes, Quinoa and also Chinese Yeast are the 2nd best sources for protein in terms ofaverage daily value. But, the lentils have a quirk. They are a poor source of selenium. This is a trace mineral that promotes good healthy immune system function, a better mood, more energy, greater mental focus and even greater muscular health.
The lentils are really an excellent source of amino acids. They contain the 8 essential amino acids that we need, along with 2 more called step-products. These are so important because our bodies cannot produce them on their own. They are very important for cellular metabolism. In addition, the lentils contain a high amount of anti-oxidants, which are great for a healthy heart.
The lentils are also high in several vitamins, including Vitamin A, B1, B2, and B6. They also contain magnesium, copper, zinc, iron and phosphorus. Generally, we need at least 10 mg of Vitamin C and 200 IU of Vitamin A, 200 mg of Vitamin C and 400 IU of Vitamin D in order for our body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. These vitamins are very important for cell metabolism and for the bones.
The other thing that really makes Quinoa great is its slow-releasing carbohydrate content. Sluicing your food not only changes the structure of the food, it changes its nutritional content. We do not need to worry about getting too much carbohydrates in our diets; simple sugars do that for us. Nutritionally, Quinoa is a good choice, but simply because it is a vegetarian diet it does not contain the saturated fats and high cholesterol that meats contain.
Rice flour Quinoa is also what is known as “quinoaise”. Quinoaise is a flour product that is produced from the transitional starch i in corn. At the molecular level the wheat germ contains what is called hydrophillic acid. Hydrophillic acid is what allows carbohydrates to form a gel. When we eat Quinoa the hydrophillic acid is neutralized, therefore making the resulting gel lack that gel structure. Now, to digest Quinoa and get the full nutritional benefits it would take at least 4 cups of Quinoa, however using a nut milk with a high content of lysine will do it for you, providing you with most of the Nutritional benefits at a fraction of the cost.
Not only does this Nutritional value add to the taste of your food, but you can enjoy all the goodness of Quinoa in its natural state. This makes it easy to start incorporating Quinoa into your diet today.
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