QUINOA is one of the most powerful super-foods in the world. This is a South American native crop – sometimes referred to as a ‘pseudo’ or ‘quasi’ grain but actually a seed, it contains many healthy fats and lots of protein. As for the protein content, there are approximately 14 – 18 grams of protein in 100 grams of quinoa which is pretty high for a seed.
The protein in quinoa contains all important amino-acids such as lysine. This compound is available in very limited amounts in most grains such as maize, rice and others. In addition, quinoa is excellent for people with celiac disease because it’s absolutely gluten-free.
Quinoa seeds are rich in fiber – both the soluble and the insoluble kind. There are 7 grams of fiber in 100 grams of quinoa and this important nutrient can do wonders for the digestive system. It can help relieve constipation by increasing transit time. Some people have trouble digesting quinoa however.