Nutrition and DietQuinoa and chia, two ideal seeds for our food

Quinoa and chia, two ideal seeds for our food

Did you know that both quinoa and chia are two wonderful seeds, which can perfectly complete our diet as they are rich in many essential nutrients? We discover more about them.

Both chia and quinoa are two legendary seeds, each in their country of origin, they have begun some years ago, we can say very few, to be incorporated more and more into the gastronomy of our country as well as in the diet of many homes. They are two seeds full of benefits and nutritional properties for our body and we can make a little space to vary between our rice and pasta dishes.

These two seeds, in addition to varying our recipes, provide us with a lot of proteins and become a good option to consume proteins with which we can reduce the consumption of red meats, we already know that a high consumption of these meats is not healthy, nor advisable.

Below we provide nutritional information on both seeds, their benefits as well as the producing and consuming countries of these seeds.

Benefits and nutritional properties of quinoa seeds

Quinoa seeds are native to the Andes, where it has been consumed for thousands of years, and among its nutritional properties we highlight the presence of eight essential amino acids, it also contains complex slow-absorbing carbohydrates, starch, fiber, minerals, proteins, omega 3 fatty acids, low fat, does not contain gluten.

As it is rich in fiber, it favors good intestinal transit, as it contains a complex slow-absorbing carbohydrate, it can be consumed by diabetics, and as it does not contain gluten, it is also well tolerated by people with gluten intolerance.

With quinoa seeds you can make flour, make pasta. Quinoa milk and beer too.

As we have said previously, quinoa seeds originate from the Andes and the producing countries of this seed are Peru and Bolivia, it is widely consumed in the United States, also in Europe, Canada, Latin America and Australia.

Benefits and nutritional properties of chia seeds

The chia seeds come from Central America. They are seeds rich in omega 3 fatty acids, in a smaller quantity it contains omega 6 fatty acids, proteins, fiber, minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, rich in antioxidants, B vitamins, vitamin A, few fats, and few calories and does not contain gluten.

Due to their high content of fatty acids, they help us control cholesterol levels by lowering bad cholesterol and raising good cholesterol, thereby protecting us against cardiovascular diseases.

Its high fiber content promotes good intestinal transit, helping us to free the body of toxins that accumulate since it helps us not to suffer from constipation.

As it does not contain gluten, it is suitable to be consumed by people with gluten intolerance. In addition, as they contain little fat and few calories, they are recommended by nutritionists to include them in weight loss diets.

Chia seeds can be cooked to accompany and enrich different dishes, also to include it in smoothies and juices.

The main chia seed producing countries are Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Nicaragua, and Australia. Among the consuming countries, the United States stands out. In Europe the market is growing a lot, also in some Asian countries, and in Oceania such as New Zealand and Australia.

As we can see, they are two healthy seeds with which to accompany different dishes, prepare various recipes and ideal to also include them in a healthy and balanced diet.

We encourage you to discover them and try them, we have already incorporated them into our diet.

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