Quinoa, why should we eat it? 

As a nation, we are becoming more aware and interested in what we eat and the nutritional facts of the foods we are consuming, and rightly so. People have many questions when it comes to quinoa and its dietary benefits, so we thought we'd bring you up to speed with the nutrients quinoa holds and the benefits of eating British grown quinoa over imported quinoa. 

Did you know, quinoa isn't technically a grain but is still thought to be a whole-grain food. 

Protein and Fibre 

Quinoa is a natural source of protein and you'll find it has a high fibre content (when cooked beating brown rice), making it rather popular in the vegan and vegetarian community, as well as being naturally gluten-free, making it a great alternative to people living with diet restrictions. It's healthy, can taste great and will add substance to your meals, what's not love? 

Vitamins and Minerals

On top of being a great source of protein and fibre, quinoa is also a good source of iron and many other vitamins and minerals. All of these hold their own health benefits from helping with bone health, cell function, tissue growth to heart health.

Here is a list of the most commonly found vitamins and minerals in the quinoa grain:  

  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Copper
  • Folate 
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc  

British grown VS Imported Quinoa 

What is the difference with eating our British grown quinoa to imported quinoa?  You may think it's all the same? Well, not quite. Let us tell you why. 

Our quinoa grains are slightly different to those grown in other areas of the world, meaning our quinoa grains packs in a much bigger punch of nutrition in each mouthful. 

How does this happen, you may ask?

Most quinoa, grown in the major quinoa producing areas of the world will naturally have a bitter coating on called saponins. This must be removed from the grain to make it edible, done using a process called scarification, meaning the outer part of the quinoa seed is rubbed to take off the bitter saponin coating. 

When doing this, this leads to the removal of the bran from the outer part of the seed, and yes you've got it, this is where most of the quinoa nutrients are held. By doing this process, you quite often remove a lot of the quinoa's nutrition.  

We are very lucky with the varieties of quinoa that we grow here in the UK as they don't contain the saponins coating, meaning there is no need for us to remove the bran from our grains, allowing our quinoa to hold it's full nutritional value!  

SummAry 

Overall quinoa is a whole-grain food which holds a lot more nutrients than most other grains, from being a high-quality protein source to being rich in vitamins and minerals and is a great way to increase your nutritional intake when replacing other grains in your diet. 

And most importantly, if you are going to buy quinoa, buy Britsh grown as each mouthful holds a lot more nutrients than imported quinoa!