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Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is not a true grain. Higher in antioxidants than grains, it has been cultivated for over 5,000 years and considered helpful in reducing the risks of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, obesity and colon cancer.
- all nine essential amino acids so is considered a complete protein
- a high protein to carbohydrate ratio compared to grains
- B group vitamins
- vitamin E
- fatty acids
Quinoa is much higher in fat than wheat and other grasses, has a significant amount of oleic acid the heart-healthy monounsaturated fat in olive oil and some (ALA) alpha-linolenic acid, the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acid. These good fats stay stable or do not become oxidized from cooking.
Quinoa also contains high levels of antioxidants that lengthen its shelf life while protecting the seed from rancidity when heated. It is high in alpha, beta and gamma forms of vitamin E, polyphenols, and flavonoids like quercetin.
Having a very low glycemic index it not only exerts little blood sugar stress on the body and its high fibre content slows the absorption of other sugars. It has a high magnesium level that contributes to healthy blood sugar and blood pressure.
Compared to rice and wheat quinoa leaves you feeling more satisfied after eating it according to the Satiating Efficiency Index (SEI).
Quinoa is normally used in the following Healthelicious products:
- energy booster bar
- premium energy bar
- eXtreme nutrition bar
- bug out bar
- low FODMAPs bar
- marathon bar
- NutiBlast vegan bar
- vegan bar
- cacao slice
- choc chip slice
- fruit cake
- nutri-blast greens+
- nutri-blast greens+ vegan