Quinoa is often referred to as a grain but it is officially a seed. It belongs to a group of pseudo-cereals, which means it’s neither a cereal nor a grain. In fact, it’s more closely related to spinach and beets.
My clients often ask if quinoa is safe on a gluten-free diet.
Quinoa is naturally gluten–free and is usually well tolerated by those with gluten sensitivity. Make sure to read labels before buying quinoa. Some products may be cross-contaminated. To be safe buy only certified gluten–free products. Here are four reasons to include quinoa in your diet.
- Loaded with antioxidants
Quinoa is gluten-free and is a great alternative to gluten-containing grains. It is a nutritionally dense whole grain that gives a higher amount of antioxidants than other common grains eaten on the gluten–free diet.
- Good source of protein
Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich plant foods available. It’s actually a complete protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids.
- Loaded with vitamins & minerals
Quinoa contains iron, copper, thiamin and vitamin B6. It’s an excellent source of magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and folate.
- High in Fiber
Quinoa’s fiber content is almost twice that of common grains. The high fiber content of the quinoa seed makes it excellent for the Candida Diet, as it helps to maintain gut health and keep your digestive system moving waste out the body.
Fiber helps to keep blood sugar levels in check and help you feel more satisfied after eating, which means you’re less likely to suffer sugar cravings later in the day. This is turn means you’re less likely to break the diet and end up eating more than you need.