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Cereal or pseudocereal?

Cereal or pseudocereal?

Did you know that quinoa contains more proteins than a plate of rice with lentils?

Unlike any other cereal, quinoa provides all the essential amino acids that our body cannot produce, and that therefore depend on our diet.

It is also low in saturated fats and rich in healthy fats, particularly omega 3, making it a very healthy alternative to animal protein, and suitable for all those who are overweight, obese, have high blood cholesterol levels or cardiovascular problems.

Quinoa contains 14 % proteins, 6 % healthy fats and almost 65 % slow-release carbohydrates. Such hydrates help to keep blood sugar levels constant, providing stable energy for hours and maximum vitality.  

It provides a 6 % fibre content, including soluble fibres, as can be found in fruits, and insoluble fibres, which are characteristic of whole grain cereals and have a vital role in intestinal health. They all facilitate intestinal transit, a key factor in the prevention of disorders of the digestive and circulatory system.

Without a doubt, quinoa is a superfood in capital letters, as it provides practically all of the most important nutrients that our body needs, offering a good balance and effective absorption. This is probably why it was considered as a sacred food by the Mayas for hundreds of years.

From a botanical perspective, quinoa is not a cereal, but rather a pseudocereal, but it is used in our recipes like any other grain.

Compared to other cereals quinoa is an outstanding source of nutrients, providing whole proteins, slow-release carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. And the best thing of all is that it's quick to cook, highly versatile and has a smooth and delicate flavour.