Quinoa Nutrition - Delicious and Full of Nutrients!

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As people move more and more towards less processed grains and grain substitutes, quinoa has been getting ever more popular. If you are following an alkaline foods diet, quinoa is a great replacement for many acidic grains. So what exactly is it? Often confused as a grain, and even sold with other grains at the grocery store, quinoa is actually a seed that grows in the Andes Mountains. Lauded as a super food among civilizations all over the world for thousands of years, its increasing popularity in modern day cooking is due to its taste, versatility, and nutrition content, as well as its lack of gluten. So what is in quinoa?

One cup of cooked quinoa contains a little over 8 grams of protein, making it a fantastic addition to vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as a low-fat (only 3.4 grams per cup) way to get filling, good-for-your-muscles protein. And for those watching their calories, quinoa is a winner, especially considering how full it can keep you. With only 222 calories per cup serving, it works as a side dish or a hearty base for a pile of nutritious vegetables.

When it comes to essential vitamins and nutrients, quinoa also hits it out of the park. With five grams of fiber per serving (20% of your recommended daily intake) and 20% of your recommended intake of folate, regularly eating quinoa can do everything from maintain healthy digestion to ensure the healthy development of cells in children and pregnant women. In addition to this, a cup contains 30% of your daily value of alkalizing magnesium, 28% of the recommended intake of phosphorous, and 15% of your recommended daily amount of iron. Quinoa is also rich in copper and manganese.

So what’s stopping you? Add a cup of this to your lunch or dinner a few times a week, and reap all of the nutritional benefits of this healthy, gluten-free seed!

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