Saturday, June 16, 2007

Traditional foods hold a wealth of nutrients.

Quinoa is fast now considered to be a super grain. This is partly because it has higher protein than any other grain and that protein is a complete protein. This mans that it possesses all nine essential amino acids with a good amount of lysine, needed for tissue growth and repair. It contains manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorous all health building nutrients.

Manganese and copper "serve as cofactors for the superoxide dismutase enzyme. Superoxide dismutase is an antioxidant that helps to protect the mitochondria from oxidative damage created during energy production as well as guard other cells, such as red blood cells, from injury caused by free radicals", WHfoods website informs us.

In grains phytonutriients are found largely in bound form that is they "are attached to the walls of plant cells and must be released by intestinal bacteria during digestion before they can be absorbed."

Because different plant foods contain different phytochemicals which are needed by different tissues and organs etc, it is wisest to consume a wide range off these. WHfoods.org tells us that Dr Liu, a researcher, suggets "what the body needs to ward off disease is this synergistic effect - this teamwork - that is produced by eating a wide variety of plant foods, including whole grains."

Usually considered a grain quinoa is actually the seed of a plan related to spinach and beets.

So low in gluten that it is suitable for gluten free diets, the concentrated nutrient potential of quinoa truely makes it a super food and definitely part of my "eat smart" plan.

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