What Is Quinoa and How Do I Pronounce It?
Quinoa, is pronounced “KEEN-wah” and after a bit of internet trolling, I found several facts of this grain crop which is grown primarily for its edible seeds.
Simply put, Quinoa, a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium) is a pseudo cereal (that is their seeds can be ground into flour and consumed) rather than a true cereal, as it is not a member of the true grass family.
It is also closely related to species such as beetroot, spinach and tumbleweed which have shrub like growth.
Where Does Quinoa Grow?
It originated in the Andean region of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, where it was domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago for human consumption and found its place into the humble Indian household (albeit being an upper middle class commodity).
It gained popularity and has been cultivated away from natural distribution in places like the United States, Australia and Japan to name a few.
What Are The Nutritional Benefits?
Essential Amino Acids
Quinoa seeds contain essential amino acids like lysine and acceptable quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron. A study showed that deficiency of essential amino acids leads to symptoms of nervousness, exhaustion, and dizziness to a greater or lesser extent and moderate consumption of Quinoa can help avoid such symptoms.
Quinoa consists of a unique combination of anti-inflammatory compounds that show to an extent the decreased risk of inflammation-related problems (including obesity) when animals under study are fed quinoa on a daily basis. [Read more…] about Quinoa