Nutritionist talks about the health benefits of quinoa

Quinoa is a seed that is eaten like a grain. It is often either cooked and added to soups or made into flour for baking breads, drinks or cereals. As for the nutritional value of quinoa, it is almost comparable in energy (385 kcal/100 g) to foods such as legumes, corn grits, rice or wheat. Nutritionist Natalya Kostenko told Pravda.Ru readers about the health benefits of quinoa. Health Benefits of Quinoa Nutritional Value: Quinoa is a source of nutrients including protein, fiber, vitamins (B vitamins, vitamin E and folic acid), minerals (iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc). High Protein Content: Although the overall protein content is higher than most grains, quinoa is better known for its protein quality. Protein is made up of amino acids, eight of which are considered essential for both children and adults. This makes quinoa especially beneficial for vegetarians and vegans who have difficulty meeting their protein needs. Benefits of fats: Fats are an important source of calories and promote the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Of the total fat content in quinoa, more than 50% comes from omega-6 and omega-3 (good for the heart, helps reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease). Quinoa’s fatty acids retain their quality due to the high content of vitamin E in quinoa, which acts as a natural antioxidant. Weight management: Quinoa’s high protein and fiber content promotes feelings of fullness and helps manage weight by reducing calorie intake. Digestive Health: As with quinoa’s overall protein value, its fiber value is generally higher than most grains but lower than legumes. Dietary fiber is the indigestible part of plant foods and is important for good digestion and preventing constipation. It is important to note that while quinoa has numerous health benefits, it should be consumed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

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