Benefits of Quinoa Millk

Stephanie Modkins By Stephanie Modkins, 3rd Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/wljxyvkv/
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If you're looking for an alternative to cow's milk, try quinoa milk. This plant-based beverage is delicious and loaded with nutrients.

Introduction

Quinoa milk is a liquid derived from the species of goosefoot. Benefits of the quinoa seed were first recognized by ancient Inca tribes thousands of years ago. They attributed their stamina and prowess as warriors to the consumption of this food. In modern times, health-conscious males and females have jumped on this bandwagon acknowledging the benefits of consuming quinoa in various forms including milk.

Quinoa Milk Benefits

Quinoa milk is protein-rich.
Unlike other plant-based milks, quinoa is rich in protein. As a result, Vegans searching for a way to add protein to their diet can get this need satiate through this beverage. Also, there are other nutrients in quinoa such as iron, manganese and copper that give the consumer energy and glowing skin.

Quinoa milk is gluten-free.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barely and triticale. Some people are allergic to this substance and after ingestion experience bloating and diarrhea. Because quinoa milk is gluten-free, individuals in this category can enjoy this beverage without any adverse reactions.

Quinoa milk can be made from scratch, at home.
Consumers of quinoa milk do not need acreage or a cow to make this refreshment. The ingredients necessary to create quinoa milk can be purchased at a local health food store. The recipe is simple and cost, affordable. Here's a recipe from OmNomNally.com:

Ingredients
1 cup quinoa grain
2 cups + 5 - 6 cups water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp agave syrup (optional)

Instructions
Soak quinoa overnight in water and drain on the day of cooking or rinse quinoa under running water to remove bitter saponins. Cook 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water. Add cooked quinoa to blender with 2 cups of water. Blend on high until smooth. Add water to the desired consistency, blending the mixture after each addition. Up to 6 cups total of water may be needed for the consistency of store-bought non-dairy milks. Add vanilla extract and cinnamon and agave if using. Pour milk into nut milk bag, hold over a bowl or large jug. Massage contents until all liquid has passed through the material - leaving only the 'pulp' behind.

Quinoa milk is better than cow's milk for diabetics.
Nutritionist often warn diabetics against the dangers of carbohydrates and foods high in sugar. Both of them spike glucose in the body. Since quinoa is protein-rich, which slows down the production of glucose, quinoa milk is a beverage diabetics can drink.

Quinoa milk is great for lactose intolerant people.
Per a report in USA Today, 65% of adults cannot digest the lactose (sugar) in cow's milk. They lack the enzyme that breaks down lactose. As a result, after drinking this substance they experience cramping, bloating, nausea, flatulence and diarrhea. For adults who want to incorporate a form of milk into their diet, lactose-free quinoa milk is an awesome substitute.

Quinoa milk promotes healthy skin.
For individuals suffering from skin problems, quinoa milk is a life-saver. Quinoa milk has lysine, a building block for the synthesis of elastin and collagen. Both of these factors promote smooth, supple skin.

Conclusion

Ready for a change? The above six benefits of quinoa milk reveal the pros to drinking this plant-based milk. Be adventurous and purchase a quart of quinoa milk during your next grocery store trip.

Sources

8 Health Benefits of Quinoa
Quinoa: An In depth Guide to Its Health Benefits

Tags

Benefits, Cows Milk Alternative, Milk, Plant-Based Milk, Quinoa

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author avatar Stephanie Modkins
Stephanie M. is a freelance writer who lives in the northwest. Her main goal is to write in a way that entertains, educates or uplifts readers.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
3rd Feb 2014 (#)

I have had quinoa seeds before but have not seen quinoa milk. I will keep a look out for it. I know many people are disgusted with the dairy industry and want to find other sources of "milk".

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Feb 2014 (#)

Interesting and useful share, thanks Stephanie. I have to check whether it is available in Asia - siva

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