5 Reasons to add quinoa to your diet

Known as the ‘sacred grain’ of the Incas, this seed is stacked with health benefits. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 13 July 2020

5 Reasons to add quinoa to your diet

DUBAI: Learn all about the superfoods that will help you live a longer and healthier life. Devinder Bains, personal trainer and nutrition coach at Fit Squad DXB, fills you in.

This versatile and tasty superfood is the perfect gluten-free replacement for pasta, and a great high-protein, high-fibre alternative to white rice. Add the black, red or regular white version to salads, serve on its own with veggies or as a side dish with meats. Known as the ‘sacred grain’ of the Incas, this seed is stacked with health benefits.

Rich in protein




Add the black, red or regular white version to salads, serve on its own with veggies or as a side dish with meats. (Shutterstock)

We need protein for everything from building and strengthening bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood to making hormones and enzymes. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, which makes it a ‘complete protein’ food. This is very rare for plant foods so instantly elevates it to ‘super food’ status. As well as containing such ‘good’ quality protein, it’s also high in the amount of protein, with eight grams per cup.

Fights cancer

Quinoa is packed with antioxidants, with particularly high amounts of quercetin and kaempferol, which studies have linked to fighting against breast, bone, cervical, prostate and colon cancers. Quercetin also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent brain disease, it can help lower blood pressure and has been linked to improved exercise performance.

Helps regulate type 2 diabetes




Quinoa plant. (Shuttertock)

Being high in protein, dietary fiber and also magnesium gives quinoa a three-pronged attack when it comes to controlling blood sugar spikes, making it a great addition to the diet of those suffering from type 2 diabetes - who struggle with insulin regulation. The protein and fiber can also help in keeping you fuller which can in turn lead to weight loss.

Maintains energy supply

Quinoa is rich in Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), which is essential for breaking down protein, carbs and fats for the body to use and also for converting carbs into energy and then storing that energy in our muscles. The body can only store very small amounts of B2 so it’s important to eat foods that contain the vitamin on a regular basis.

High in iron

With one cup containing around 16 percent of your recommended daily amount of iron, quinoa is perfect for vegans and vegetarians struggling to get enough of the mineral. Iron is essential for blood production and to move oxygen from the lungs to tissue around the body.


What We Are Eating Today: Cheese Taste

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Updated 08 August 2020

What We Are Eating Today: Cheese Taste

  • One of the best things about the shop is how well they treat their customers, offering to let them try different things while the visitor comes to a final decision

Looking at the Cheese Taste shop in Al-Safa district, Jeddah, I never expected the delicious treats that waited inside. It looks like a regular small-scale bakery, but stepping into the little shop and trying out their products was a new discovery.
Their pastries are of high quality and presented to visitors in two different sizes. The variety is mind-blowing — everything from plain chocolate cakes to carrot cakes.
Their carrot cakes are some of the best I have had. One of my other favorites is their strawberry tarts, which are a perfect combination of a crisp base, a creamy-smooth filling and glazed strawberries.
One of the best things about the shop is how well they treat their customers, offering to let them try different things while the visitor comes to a final decision.
The prices are also very low — amazing because they don’t reflect the quality of the products.