The Health Benefits of Cooking with Quinoa

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Quinoa is a delicious and healthy choice

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This tiny seed is a nutritional powerhouse.

Quinoa — pronounced “keen-wah” — is a tiny seed (yes, it’s a seed, not a grain) that has a rich, nutty flavor and a slightly crunchy texture when cooked. Quinoa comes in several varieties, including white, red, and black, all of which boast multiple health benefits. Cooking with quinoa can help keep you healthy. Here’s how:

Protein
Quinoa is a great source of muscle-building protein. It is a complete protein, which means that it contains all of the amino acids that our bodies need to function and cannot make on their own.

Fiber
Fiber plays an important role in digestion and satiety. Keep your digestive system running smoothly (and keep your stomach fuller longer) by cooking with more quinoa. One cup of uncooked quinoa has nearly half of the daily recommended value for fiber.

Iron
Iron assists your body in producing hemoglobin, which is needed to help the blood carry oxygen from your lungs to other parts of your body. Quinoa is a great source of iron and can help you make sure you’re getting enough.

Vitamins and Minerals
Quinoa is rich in many essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients needed for overall health and wellness. Cook with more quinoa and you’ll boost your intake of magnesium, phosphorus, folate, zinc, and potassium.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.

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