Proteins in quinoa
PROTEIN QUALITY IN QUINOA
Protein nutritional quality of quinoa
Quinoa was the staple food of the Aztecs and Incas, where it was considered a sacred food, called "The Mother Grain". Even today, the natives of the Andes know the many medicinal properties of quinoa, which is used to cure more than twenty ailments and conditions.
Why is quinoa so nutritious?
- Quinoa is not a cereal, because it does not belong to the cereal family.. Still, it's a kernel particularly rich in carbohydrates (60%) and proteins (20%). Proteins in quinoa are of high biological value.
What does protein of high biological value mean?
It means that the proteins in quinoa have all the necessary amino acids that out body needs in the correct proportions.
That's to say, it contains all the amino acids in sufficient quantities.
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Egg protein is named with value 1, the highest quality. The egg is the food that contains all amino acids in the proportions necessary to be used by our body to make all proteins.
Below these lines we can see a table comparing the amount of amino acids of the egg and quinoa, which shows the excellent quality of both to provide food protein.
- Quinoa is a highly nutritious pseudocereal because it contains healthy carbohydrates and good proteins
- Quinoa goes well with cereals and legumes, because it has amino acids lacking in these food groups (lysine and methionine respectively).
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