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Quinoa for Body building


Have you ever wondered how this bollywood stars walk around with chiselled bodies, I am sure many of us who have dreamt of having such body would have tried different protein shakes stacked up in health club and stores with an enormously built super human posing on the container, gaining some muscle mass or even a curved body such as our own bollywood star’s without fattening up can be a frustrating task for many, most of us rely more on chemically processed food or steroids than what is available naturally since we are tuned to believe that these chemicals can get us there faster, for the once who don't believe in powders are aware that high quality proteins are found mostly in non-vegetarian foods, then what about the vegetarians?

Well! There are naturally power packed foods which we tend to ignore since we know very little about them. One such humble grain which is making a wave in the health industry is Quinoa, The name sounds western? True this grain found its origin in the Andes over 5,000 years ago, now it is grown in our own country’s backyard due to its stellar nutritional profile. According to the Whole Grains Council, three categories of quinoa have been commercialized for sales are: red, white and black. However it is said there are 120 varieties of quinoas around the world.

“This nutty flavoured whole grain has enough essential amino acids to make it a complete protein."A versatile heart healthy food, It’s also packed with minerals, higher than most grains in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium as well as containing copper, zinc, and iron. Quinoa is a rare plant food that is actually a complete protein source. Although not every food you eat has to be a complete protein, it’s somewhat rare for a plant food to have the complete profile of all 20 amino acids, including the 10 essential acids our body doesn’t produce on its own. ”Quinoa is a great food that more and more people are discovering”, "I call it the caviar of the grain world because if it's soft gooey crunch," says Steven Raichlen, author of Planet Barbecue!

For us with the goal of getting fit we need to remember not all proteins are created equal in the muscle building stakes, with quinoa now the vegetarians can also get quality protein to attain their muscle building goals, while brown rice has 3.5 grams of carbohydrates and 5grams of protein a bowl, Quinoa has got 8grams of protein and 5 grams of carbohydrates a bowl, 8 grams of protein is still an astounding feat, for a less known humble grain, Now even the people following a vegetarian or vegan diet can show off their chiselled bodies