After a surge in popularity in the early 2010s, quinoa has risen to become one of the worlds most consumed health foods. It’s no great shock when you drill down into the many health benefits of the superfood that has taken over the Australian breakfast market. Quinoa is high in protein, gluten free and one of the only plant-based foods that contain all 9 essential amino acids.
Quinoa is another pseudo-cereal which means that it is a seed that is generally consumed like a grain. Another product of the Ancient Incas (like the amaranth berry) it was believed to be sacred and has been being consumed in South American countries for thousands of years.
One of the major benefits of quinoa is that it is perfect for people with gluten intolerance. Studies have been undertaken to prove that diets including quinoa instead of things such as refined corn and rice flour can greatly increase an individual's anti-oxidant count.
Your body needs all 9 major essential amino acids that makeup protein, however, it is not able to produce them all and as a result, you must obtain some through your diet. When it comes to plant-based diets a common problem can be finding a product that contains all 9 essential amino acids. Quinoa is one of the rare exceptions that contains all nine and is even a better source of protein than most grains. Containing 8 grams of protein per cup, quinoa is a great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans.
Possibly the greatest benefit of quinoa is that it is super easy to incorporate into any diet! With all the recipes and awesome quinoa creations available to view online it is easier than ever to substitute or add quinoa into some of your favourite meals. Being rich in fibre, antioxidants, minerals and containing all nine of the essential amino acids, quinoa is clearly one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Even better, it is gluten-free, easy to obtain and delicious. Grab yourself a pack of Kuranda Wholefood’s Quinoa Blend Fruit-Free Muesli today!