Vegetarian Diet and Quinoa

Get nutrition through a diet that is purely vegetarian. Quinoa has a splendid 15 percent of protein to help fulfill your nutritious needs.

When it comes vegetarian diets, the essential dose of amino acids comes through a mix of different foods like legumes with cereal, lentils with rice, milk, cheese and curd to boost up the protein in their diet. But this still keeps vegetarians anxious about their protein intake. This is exactly why the sale of protein shakes and powders has increased over the years. While this is fine, the intake should be measured and should be according to their routines. Anything in excess can be detrimental to the body.

Thankfully there is a healthier alternative to protein shakes in the Indian market to satiate the increasing need of protein need of the hour. That natural source of protein is called Quinoa. Unfortunately, not a lot of people are aware or educated about Quinoa or the benefits of it and lack of knowledge brings apprehension in the minds of people. This article will get rid of that apprehension in just a few lines.

Some of the benefits and advantages of quinoa in a vegetarian diet.

  • Quinoa has a splendid 15 percent of protein with the composition of all the ESSENTIAL amino acids –EAA (EAA are chains which cannot be synthesized by the body, hence these amino acids are need to be fulfilled through food sources).
  • Compared to wheat, pasta and other cereals, the calories provided by quinoa are on similar lines but the reason quinoa is ideal is because it is nutrient dense in the same portion value.
  • Quinoa can be cooked identically as cereals.
  • Further Quinoa is abundant in folate, B vitamins, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron and even a small amount of calcium.

– Monica Magoo, Nutritionist & Diet Consultant

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