16 Interesting Facts About Quinoa
- Its name is a mystery.
No idea why it insists on being pronounced “KEEN-WAH” instead of “QUEE-NO-AH.”
- Commonly mistakenly mistaken for its easily mistaken identity
It looks like a grain. But it’s not. Cook like one too. But it’s not. It is, in fact, a seed.
- Won an Oscar award earlier than Leonardo DiCaprio
Quinoa was bestowed the title: International Year of the Quinoa by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in 2013. Sorry Leo.
- It was a food fad. It is now a staple food.
Apparently some people cannot live without quinoa like how we can’t live without cute cats’ pictures purring on our social media newsfeed.
- Rise of the Machines!
There is a restaurant in San Francisco that serves customised quinoa made by machine. Yep. The end of the master chef era is coming.
- It need not be stripped naked to be enjoyed
Unlike nuts, where the inedible nutrients rich shells are removed, quinoa outer coating can be eaten. Thus retaining its full host of nutritional values
- Helps you to poop
High dietary fibre. Enough said, before you lose your appetite.
- Gluten free! Yays
Good news for hippies who simply abhor “gluten” in their diet. As well as for gluten-allergic patients.
- High in heart healthy fats
Your heart will beat in excitement if you know that quinoa is a valuable source of heart healthy mono-saturated fats. Now you know. Get excited!
- Protein rich
Proteins are building blocks of bones, muscles, skin, blood and cartilage. Vegetarians will be happy to know there is an alternative source of protein that does not involve meat.
- You can live longer by eating quinoa
It isn’t the elixir of longevity, but apparently, quinoa can reduce risk of premature death from cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease and diabetes by up to 17%!
- Immense amount of anti-inflammatory properties
As we age, our body becomes more susceptible to inflammation. Including quinoa in our diet helps reduce the onset of feeling old, that is when we start experiencing unexplained pain here and there and everywhere. Ugh.
- Comparing quinoa to grains is like getting superman to fight batman
Logically speaking, batman will never win in a fist fight. Similarly, the colossal amount of nutrition in quinoa is telling the less nutrient rich grains to just shut it and stay holed up in the bat cave.
- Easy to store if you have time to only cook only once a week
Uncooked quinoa can be kept up to 6 months. Cooked quinoa in the fridge last 3-5 days and up to 2 months in the freezer. As long as they are sealed in an airtight container. Just warm them up in the microwave before your daily meals.
- Cooking quinoa is as easy as turning on the TV
You don’t have to be a Master Chef to cook quinoa. Basic guide: 1 cup quinoa to 2 cup water, bring to boil, and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Drain, return to pan and let it sit for 5 minutes so it becomes light and fluffy. Increase amount of water if you desire for a softer, moister texture.
- You can even boost its taste!
For those who prefer a nuttier flavour, dry roast quinoa over medium heat in a skillet and stir constantly. Repeat cooking process under #15. Ta-dah!
- We have quinoa suitable for the busiest (or laziest) people
Rejoice! As we introduce to you quinoa puffs. With no cooking required, simply throwing them into your salad, cereals, yogurt or desserts makes for a simple wholesome bite.