Top 5 Benefits of Quinoa

Keen-wa, ki-no-ah (potato, poh-tah-toe) - however you choose to pronounce it, one thing’s for sure: quinoa is one plant based, gluten free grain alternative that has, slowly but surely, crept its way up the charts to reach gold elite status over recent years.

So, what’s all the fuss about? Let’s explore the top 5 health benefits of eating this edible seed:

  • Quinoa is naturally gluten free

  • For those with either celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, quinoa is an excellent alternative to common grains that contain gluten, such as:

    • Wheat
    • Barley
    • Rye

    While some gluten-free products are heavily processed or contain refined ingredients, quinoa is 100% naturally gluten free and highly nutritious.

  • Quinoa is high in fiber

  • In case you’re new around here, we’re big fans of fiber here at ROYO Bread Co; that’s why our own loaves, bagels and buns are full of the stuff! Quinoa has a much higher fiber content than many other popular grains, such as white and brown rice.

    Consuming your daily recommended amount of fiber can help optimize all kinds of bodily functions, including normalizing bowel movements (both quality and quantity!), controlling blood sugar levels, and lowering cholesterol.

  • Quinoa is a great source of protein

  • The benefits of protein - and including at least one portion of it in every meal - are being shouted from the rooftops nowadays (and with good reason!).

    Foods high in protein help to curb hunger and, for those trying to get in shape, also help you build lean muscle and recover more quickly after doing exercise.

  • Quinoa may help you to lose weight

  • The combination of the aforementioned high protein and fiber content of quinoa makes it a particularly filling food, meaning you’ll stay satiated for longer after eating it.

    Quinoa also has a low glycemic index (GI), which means it releases energy slowly and steadily as it is digested. This makes it less likely to trigger cravings.

  • Quinoa can improve your gut health

  • You’ve heard of probiotics, but have you heard of a prebiotic? That’s what quinoa is! 

    Quinoa acts as fuel for healthy or beneficial bacteria in your gut, enhancing the diversity of these “good guys” to help avoid stomach aches and other inflammatory symptoms.

    And there you have it! 5 key benefits of this popular superfood, to make you feel extra accomplished as you fill up your dinner plate tonight. It’s so important to find products and ingredients that make your body happy… and that’s exactly what we aim to provide here at ROYO!