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Characteristics of Quinoa

Quinoa, in comparison of other cereals, has more protein. That is why it is considered a super food worldwide.

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What are the characteristics of quinoa?

Quinoa is a cereal of Andean origin; the origin of the Chenopodium and Amaranthaceae families. A comparison of other cereals, it has a greater amount of protein, which is why it is considered a super food worldwide. It offers a great nutritional contribution because it has a large amount of micronutrients such as calcium, zinc, phosphorus, iron and magnesium. In addition, it stands out for its content of B and E complex vitamins with antioxidant properties.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the nutritional value of quinoa is higher than that of other grains and cereals such as beans, rice and wheat.

Benefits of quinoa

This Andean grain contains unsaturated fats such as omega 3 and 6, which are essential for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, it has a low glycemic index which makes it an ideal food for people suffering from diabetes.

In that sense, quinoa has been included by NASA in the diets of astronauts for long-term space travel. In addition, being a cereal, it has the property of absorbing water and staying longer in the stomach.

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