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Quinoa

Quinoa is another product that over time can become a regular visitor on Polish tables. Thanks to its numerous pro-health properties and high popularity, this exotic food product is slowly becoming an increasingly available product. If you want to find out if it is really worth taking a look at someone, check out the article below!

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What is quinoa?

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Quinoa, also known as Peruvian rice or quinoa, is a plant known as pseudozhoża. This means that it produces starch-rich seeds, which, however, are not included in cereals. The origin of this plant is attributed to the areas of South America, where it is very often called the mother of cereals, sacred grain of the Incas or golden grain. This product is used in the culinary art, where it is used as an addition to main dishes, soups or salads. Quite often, quinoa is also used to make desserts.

Quinoa – properties

Quinoa, like soy or nuts, is one of the few products in which proteins of vegetable origin are considered to be of full value. The rationale is the presence of all exogenous amino acids that are not capable of self-synthesis in the human body. It is also worth paying attention to the fact that due to the high content of the protein, the quinoa is a very good alternative for people who avoid meat.

Another and equally important aspect regarding the properties of quinoa is the high content of unsaturated fats. I am talking primarily about linoleic, linolenic and oleic acids. As it is well known, these compounds are conducive to maintaining the proper lipid profile of our body. This means that quinoa is a very good product in the case of excessive cholesterol or as an element of atherosclerosis prevention.

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Peruvian rice is also used in diseases related to nutrition. Quinoa is a gluten-free product, so it can be successfully used by people suffering from celiac disease. It is also worth mentioning that quinoa has a low glycemic index, which is 35. Such a small result confirms the justification for the use of this product in the diet of people struggling with diabetes. In the case of this group of people, it should be added that the quinoa is a good source of fiber.

Nutritional value of quinoa

Using the USDA data (National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference), below we present the nutritional value of quinoa in 100 grams of product
Energy value – 120 kcal,
Total protein – 4.40 g,
Fat – 1.92 g,
Carbohydrates – 21.30 g (including simple sugars 0.87 g),
Fiber – 2.8 g.

vitamins
thiamine – 0.107 mg,
riboflavin – 0.110 mg,
niacin – 0.412 mg,
vitamin B6 – 0,123 mg,
folic acid – 42 μg,
vitamin A – 5 IU,
vitamin E – 0.63 mg.

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Minerals
calcium – 17 mg,
iron – 1.49 mg,
magnesium – 64 mg,
phosphorus – 152 mg,
potassium – 172 mg,
sodium – 7 mg,
zinc – 1.09 mg.

How to cook it?

The method of preparing a quadruple is extremely simple. The product is made by cooking, but before we get to it, Peruvian rice should be well rinsed in running water. Next, boil the cabbage into boiling water, which we cook under cover in the range of 10 to 15 minutes. Quinoa should be boiled in a ratio of 12, that is, for two glasses of water, one glass of a quota.

Where to buy it?
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Calm all the frightened by the fact that quinoa is only available in South America. Nowadays, when online sales are very developed, access to the product is trouble-free. In the network there is a mass of health food stores or an ecological assortment that in their offer definitely have a quinoa. As for prices, they look different. It is conditioned by many factors – the producer’s brand, the basis weight of the product or the very place of production of this article.

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Gluten

We already knew about the existence of gluten from 1728, but he was present in our diet for thousands of years, and maybe even longer. All products made from cereals of wheat, barley, rye and triticale are abundant in gluten. We also find it in some products that have nothing to do with cereals, for example in hams, sauces and sweets.

Structurally, gluten is included in the protein family, although in fact it is a combination of two other gliadin and glutenin proteins. Its name comes from the Latin word gluten and means glue – which should not come as a surprise, given that gluten is responsible for the cohesiveness of bread.

In recent years, we have been observing an increase in interest in diets that completely exclude this ingredient from the diet. Although there are conditions such as celiac disease, which evidently force people to exclude gluten – some people, without contacting a specialist, make the decision to switch to a gluten-free diet,

Emotions and beliefs not supported by specific information have led to the creation of many myths about gluten. Four of them will be explained in this article.

Gluten consumption leads to the deposition of adipose tissue
When any nutrient is demonized, it is only a matter of time before someone gives a password. That’s it! and then the rumor is spreading in the crowd – and no one ever really knows where it came from.

In this case, the intake of gluten has been associated with a very specific type of adipose tissue, namely a visceral variant that is accumulated around the organs.

Reliable scientific research does not confirm this belief. Dr Nicola Kewnow conducted an analysis in 2010, which included a series of studies comparing the consumption of low- and highly-processed bread and their effect on visceral obesity. The results indicated that only the consumption of white bread is associated with the accumulation of adipose tissue, whole wheat bread has the opposite effect, however, both fractions are a rich source of gluten.

Gluten affects our brain and works drugfully
This myth is a bit more difficult because there is a grain of truth in it.

During the digestion and absorption of gluten, gluten peptides are formed – small substances, of which we distinguish 5 varieties. They have been classified as exorphins, ie compounds that can penetrate the blood-brain barrier and affect opioid receptors, resulting in our behavior. The above translation is theoretically true, but there are a few that put a question mark over the practical side of this argumentation

– studies showing the possible impact of gluten peptides on opioid receptors have been carried out either in the laboratory on isolated cells or on rats. Although studies on rats are valuable, they used ready-made gluten peptides, not gluten alone. It’s a bit like comparing wine and grapes, and then saying that they have the same effect on our body. Worse yet, in these studies in rats, gluten peptides were often given not orally, as logic would require, but intravenously. Under these conditions changes in behavior were indeed observed, e.g. rats receiving a dose of peptides after training showed … better learning abilities;

– a perfect study would show that in humans after consuming products with gluten, the concentration of gluten peptides increases, which have a significant negative impact on behavior and cognitive abilities. However, such a study has not been carried out;

– similar exorphins are produced not only after consumption of products with gluten, but also dairy, rice, spinach and meat. Should we also avoid them?

Gluten leads to weakening of bones
In people with celiac disease, gluten actually induces an inflammatory response that eventually leads to an attack on bone structure. However, healthy people do not have to be afraid of it.

As Dr. A. Jenkins showed, in the study, where one of the groups was fed with a large amount of bread enriched with gluten, even an increase in the balance of minerals was shown, which indicates their greater accumulation in the body. The researchers concluded that a diet rich in protein and gluten does not have a negative effect on the calcium balance.

A gluten-free diet is healthy and has no shortages
Exclusion from the diet of gluten for many people means a large castling of the menu, as well as throwing out products rich in vitamins from the kitchen and minerals. Unfortunately, often the result is a diet that does not provide all the micronutrients.

Of course, this is not a rule, and a gluten-free diet can be arranged so that it is healthy and nutritious. However, people who engage in unsupervised specialists commit numerous nutritional errors. This was demonstrated by a study carried out in 2010 in Warsaw. 42 women were examined using a gluten-free diet, the content of nutrients was checked and compared to the currently recommended consumption.