Whole grains have taken over the world and as with everything else we have to follow the trend. But is it worth all the hype it gets? According to many studies it does and it deserves all the attention it gets. However, we would still like to know how it is to make quinoa a part of your daily life and how it can alter your body perhaps. Scientists have gathered various data regarding the same and the results are speaking for themselves!
Whole grains earn continuous recommendations from dietitians and researchers alike. A study, Health Benefits of Dietary Whole Grains: An Umbrella Review of Meta-analyses by Mark.P.Rae suggests “…there is some evidence for dietary whole grain intake to be beneficial in the prevention of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and colorectal, pancreatic, and gastric cancers.” Quinoa is a new addition to this category.
Apart from its ties to the the colorful amaranth family, quinoa seeds are home to multiple nutrients which is even greater than other whole grains. Although studies are still are their infancy, many doctors believe that quinoa is a superfood and its future seems much brighter. Especially because it has all the proteins needed for the body including amino acids which is rare. So what happens if you eat the nutritious quinoa every day?
Quinoa has multiple benefits and eating them can bring several changes in your body. A study conducted by Hitache Zeyneb concluded, “ Our research suggests that quinoa and quinoa polysaccharides have a prebiotic potential due to their association with the positive shifts in microbiota composition and short‐chain fatty acids production.” To put it in simpler words, eating quinoa daily can improve your gut health as it is an excellent probiotic. It is softer on our digestive system and helps the body relax in a very natural way, unlike laxatives.
Moreover, scientists also uncovered its association with blood sugar level improvement as many type 2 Diabetes patients showed a reduced level of sugar after consuming quinoa regularly. Its impact on obesity, and cardiac health has already been established by many credible sources. So eating it regularly with proper exercise could reveal some astonishing results when it comes to fat in your body. The abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids can also be hardly ignored since people usually take supplements for those. Omega 3 is needed for a healthy working body and a sound mind.
Researchers are also hopeful of the inclusivity that quinoa provides. The statistics prove that over 3 million people are allergic to gluten, a popular ingredient in other whole grains. It stops them from taking the necessary nutrients which are otherwise available only in grains. However, quinoa is an answer to all their problems since it is gluten-free.
Moreover, it is natural so we don’t have to worry about its side effects as is the case with food supplements. “The mineral content of quinoa seeds is found to be at concentrations greater than most grain crops,” says Dr.Viktoria Angeli in her well-received paper about the cultivation and socialization of quinoa. She adds, “It seems to be perfectly positioned for meeting contemporary expectations and needs due to its agronomic characteristics, nutritional value, health benefits, and by-product use.”
Unfortunately, all of this doesn’t qualify it to be universally available. Concentrated largely in Bolivia, its consumption has risen in many parts of the U.S. but it is nothing like Bolivia, Canada, or Australia where it is accessible easily.
Researchers do see an end at the light of the tunnel as Americans have shown a steep increase in the use of quinoa and will certainly encourage more studies in this regard.
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