Quinoa, the staple food, may seem to be more like a passing fad for the hipsters, however, because of this nutrition-packed seed, Australia can emerge as an International superfood superpower. The worldwide boom in quinoa consumption, pronounced as Keen-wah, has set a growing demand in the high-priced and high-protein Down Under. Now, the agricultural researchers have conducted a series of trials for this crop across the country for investigating its potency level for high-volume local manufacture.
Richard Snowball, Project Leader of DAFWA (Department of Agriculture & Food Western Australia is overseeing the tests of Quinoa in South Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. As per the words of Snowball, the tests signify that quinoa can be the ideal crop for consumption, provided it won't require much stress to grow. This trial is expected to take around 3 years and while concerning the early ages, any quinoa industry in Australia is expected to be export-oriented. White quinoa is mostly grown in some parts of Western Australia and Tasmania, however, is limited to small scale and restricted local processing. So, what makes it a healthier choice? Here are some of the points to discuss.
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It's a grain crop, which is grown for its edible seeds. Mainly pronounced as Keen-wah, it isn't technically termed as a cereal grain, rather, it's a pseudo cereal. Technically, it's a seed that is eaten as a grain. Dating back to the times of its origin, Quinoa was consumed as a major crop for the Inca Empire and was referred as the 'Mother of all grains', thereby believing it to be sacred. It's considered to be a superfood, because it has a rich content of fiber, protein, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, iron, copper, zinc, vitamins and potassium.
Contains plant compounds like kaempferol and quercetin
The health benefits of real foods not only is confined to only minerals and vitamins which, we are mostly familiar with. There are thousands of trace nutrients, which are extremely healthy. It includes healthy molecules naming flavonoids, which are plant antioxidants, which are proven to all sorts of favorable health effects. Two flavonoids, kaempferol and quercetin are proven to be found in large amounts in Quinoa. These two types of flavonoids are found to be anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant and anti-cancer in nature. Thus, adding Quinoa to your daily regimen, will result in maintaining a healthy diet.
Contains a low glycemic index that's good for blood sugar control
The glycemic index acts as a measure of how fast the foods can raise the blood sugar level. It's known that eating foods, which are high on glycemic index for stimulating hunger and contributing to obesity. On the contrary, quinoa is considered to be a glycemic index of around 53, which is noted to be extremely low.
Studies have shown that people who eat quinoa regularly have lower risks related to heart diseases. Type 2 diabetes, cancer, especially bowel cancer. This aids in boosting your wellbeing and health, thereby improving the digestive system.