Liquid Hope contains super foods. And super foods are what we need for super bodies. Dating back to the days of Inca Warriors, quinoa packs on a remarkable amount of nutrition and protein. Heres a few reasons we totally heart this Andean grain thats taken the nutrition world by storm.
- Quinoa is high in protein. And we know that people with feeding tubes need lots of protein to pack on weight and rehabilitate muscles. From a nutritionists perspective, this super grain (actually, its actually a pseudocereal - a seed from a vegetable thats a distant cousin of swiss chard, spinach and beets), offers a protein balance similar to milk, providing the nine essential amino acids we need to completely metabolize all its nutritional goodness.
- Quinoa is sacred. To this day, the ancestors of the Inca Kings believe Quinoa to be a sacred grain they called it the mother of all grains. In fact, quinoa production and a rise in global demand are helping poor farmers across the Andes rise out of poverty. We like that, but we really like its nutritional profile, which includes (per cup), 8 grams of protein, five grams of fiber, high levels of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and folate, plus other essential minerals like copper, iron, zinc and potassium. Nope, you dont need bananas and fruit sugars to get these benefits. The UN called 2013 the Year of Quinoa, because of its high nutritional value and potential to end hunger.
- NASA wants to take it to outer space. Pretty cool right? We might just send them some packages of Liquid Hope. After all, it is a complete meal replacement on Earth or on Mars.
- Its got Flavonoids. No, we didnt make that one up. Flavanoids are a real thing. Quinoa has high levels of both Quercetin and Kaempferol in fact theres more Quercetin than in cranberries (a fruit nutritionists love for its antioxidant qualities). We like these flavonoids because they have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-depressant effects in animal studies.
- It crushes the fiber scale. Why do we need fiber? It can reduce blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol and help maintain weight. Plus, it keeps you regular and balances your GI system.
- It is gluten free. So even people with gluten allergies can consume it.
- Its high-carb, low-sugar. Quinoas glycemic index of 53 provides lots of carbs, while limiting sugars. Weve found this type of diet is ideal for people with feeding tubes. It provides balance to our bodies. And balance is what we need if we wish to alter the disease process and live better lives.
Robin Gentry McGee is the Founder and CEO of Functional Formularies.