Quinoa has a Lower GI
GI stands for Glycaemic Index, it measures the quality of the carbohydrate in a food to tell you whether it will have a fast or slow effect on blood sugar. People with Type 2 diabetes are advised to consume a low GI diet because it prevents the sharp rise in blood sugar levels. Research has found that adopting a low GI diet can help improve insulin sensitivity and aid weight loss. One study found that using quinoa instead of typical gluten-free breads and pastas significantly reduced blood sugar, insulin and triglyceride levels - all risk factors for those with type 2 diabetes.
Quinoa is high in fibre
Fibre has been linked to helping reducing cholesterol levels and balancing blood sugar - both risk factors for developing Type 2 Diabetes and Quinoa contains between 10 and 16g of fibre for every 100g - twice as much as most traditional grains.
Quinoa is a natural source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
Unlike fortified grains and cereals, quinoa is naturally rich in: iron, magnesium, zinc, B6, folate, potassium and boron and antioxidants.
These nutrients which support health are often lacking in the traditional western diet as most grains we eat do not contain even half the nutrient content of quinoa. While eating quinoa alone is not substitute for a healthy balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, it is a valuable addition and healthier alternative to more traditional grains like rice, corn and wheat.
Quinoa is full of protein
Protein is great for those with Type 2 Diabetes because it helps to stabilise blood sugar, preventing insulin spikes and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. So starting your day with a bowl of Quinoa Cracks means you’re less likely to snack on unhealthy, sugar-packed snacks before lunch.