Quinoa, Essential for any Fat Loss Mission

The Incas called it “Mother of All Grains” and this amazing grain originally found in the Andean region of South America can be a great addition to a healthy and nutritious diet.  Found in varieties of Black, Red and White, Quinoa is a very versatile grain that can be used in many different dishes from chili, herb salads and even porridge for a satisfying breakfast.

The truly awesome thing about Quinoa is that it is a well balanced source of amino acids. Proteins are made up of amino acids and a complete protein is only formed from both essential and non-essential amino acids. Most essential amino acids must come from external sources, so in other words they must be consumed. Most of the proteins in the body are synthesized from amino acids. To form the desirable high quality of protein, the essential amino acids must exist in an ideal balance. Quinoa contains an ideal balance of these amino acids and even includes the amino acid lysine. Lysine is an amino acid normally found in meat, fish and eggs and rarely found in vegetables so this makes quinoa a great supplement for those people consuming a diet low in the three.

The varieties of Quinoa are high in various different nutrients. Quinoa is most commonly found in the White form in local grocers and specialty stores often contain the other varieties. White Quinoa is higher in calcium than the Black and Red. Red Quinoa is rich in phosphorus, great for healthy bones and tooth structure and is also required for energy metabolism.  Black Quinoa is a great source of iron. Iron is good for the formation of myoglobin in muscle and hemoglobin in the blood.

Various other nutrients are found in Quinoa like potassium, riboflavin, B vitamins: B6, niacin and thiamin. Quinoa also contains magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese and folic acid.

Gluten free and known as an alkaline food, keeping the body’s pH balanced, Quinoa is a super food reducing the acidic impact of foods like meats, and dairy. Other alkaline foods include fruits and vegetables.

Include Quinoa in your diet for a well balanced and healthy alternative to rice and wheat products. It’s easier on your stomach and leaves you feeling full while still feeling light and energetic. This is a great addition for anyone trying to lose weight or lose body fat. So break out your rice cooker and your package of Quinoa and enjoy!

Having a hard time finding Quinoa in Bangkok, try Villa Market or have a look at Country Farm Organics based out of Singapore.

By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT.
With a Bachelors degree in Physiological Science from UCLA a Masters in Sports Management from The University of San Francisco, Rich has over 10 years of experience in General Health Fitness & Fat loss, Sports Performance & Movement, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation. Rich is a health & performance coach and personal trainer for Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd in Bangkok.


About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

3 Responses to Quinoa, Essential for any Fat Loss Mission

  1. Pingback: Quinoa, Essential for any Fat Loss Mission (via Bangkok Personal Trainer) « Bangkok Personal Trainer

  2. Maurice says:

    From first hand experience, I can truly say this is a great replacement as it does not spike my sugar levels being I am Diabetic.

    • That’s great Maurice. That’s something I did not think to mention with regards to Quinoa as a substitute. Of course many people are concerned with body fat and insulin’s role in that, but insulin is also a major factor of diabetes. Curbing the insulin spikes definitely can help with diabeties making Quinoa a very useful substitute. Thanks for the comment.

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