Some people look at pseudocereals when shopping. But do they really have cereals? The answer is yes, and the difference is that they do not belong to the grasses like the rest of the cereals we are used to.
Although they are not part of the grasses, pseudocereals have an important nutritional value that even makes them much more palatable for the diet. The people who benefit most from them are those diagnosed with celiac disease, since pseudocereals do not contain gluten.
People who have received this diagnosis should consume pseudocereals that are free of gluten in order to have a healthy and balanced diet. For this, they have quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat or chia. There are many more types of pseudocereals, but these are the best known.
Are pseudocereals superfoods?
Pseudocereals are often referred to as superfoods. But what is the truth in all this?
All pseudocereals have outstanding nutritional values that are impossible to ignore. For this reason, even people who do not have celiac disease can introduce them into their diet (without leaving cereals from grasses, since in their case it is not necessary) to take advantage of their properties.
At the beginning, we gave these foods as examples of pseudocereals and now we are going to analyze them in greater depth to learn about their nutritional properties. What makes them so special and why do some people prefer them?
Advantages of pseudocereals
Quinoa provides up to 16% fiber, is a good source of carbohydrates (like many cereals) and has all the essential amino acids. In addition, it is a food rich in protein, with 6% of heart-healthy fats and contains vitamins and minerals.
As for buckwheat, the most remarkable thing is that it shares the nutritional properties of wheat, but with the advantage that it does not contain gluten. Thus, people with celiac disease can continue to introduce it into their diet without this harming them.
Chia is not really considered a superfood, since they are seeds that can never replace any dish. This does not mean that it is not an interesting product, rich in fiber and omega 3-6. It should always accompany other foods such as yoghurts, salads, etc.
Finally, amaranth stands out for its high protein content, up to 13.6% per 100 grams. It also provides carbohydrates, fats (up to 7% lipids), B vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. A very complete food.
Is it important to include cereals in the diet? The truth is yes, that is why people with celiac disease can use pseudocereals to replace those foods that can cause unpleasant symptoms. Although, it is interesting that even people without this diagnosis try these pseudocereals, due to their excellent properties.