Katy Perry looked ultra-glamorous at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night, but it wasn’t her red-carpet garb or fly new haircut that got her lots of attention — it was the remains of her quinoa dinner stuck in her pearly whites.
“Currently taking applications for real friends who aren’t afraid to tell me there’s quinoa in my teeth,” the 32-year-old joked on Instagram after the close-up photos of her canines started going viral.
This isn’t the first time Katy Perry has promoted the health-conscious whole-grain alternative, previously revealing to People that it was one of her diet staples when on the road.
While her red-carpet beauty blunder surely serves as a warning to do a mirror double take the next time you throw down some of the tiny kernels, it’s also free publicity for the deliciously nutritious superfood worshipped by health nuts around the globe.
And for good reason. Often considered a whole grain, quinoa is actually a tiny seed containing essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins B and E, folate, zinc, potassium, magnesium, iron and phosphorous as well as an abundance of protein. Though relatively higher in fat than brown rice, it packs a more nutritious punch and is actually considered a complete protein because it contains all nine essential amino acids that most plant-based foods lack.
It’s also wheat- and gluten-free, making it one of the less allergenic foods out there. A recent study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology found that consuming quinoa may even work to suppress appetite.
While there are more than 120 known varieties of quinoa, black, red and white are the most common and can all be served in a variety of ways. The most popular ways are cooked and served as a substitute for rice, ground into a flour and used for baking and made into a breakfast porridge. Remember to always wash quinoa before cooking to rinse off the bitter-tasting saponin coating, which works as a natural protection against insects, birds and the sun.
The last tip when it comes to consuming quinoa? Learn from Katy Perry’s mistake: Don’t ever forget to thoroughly brush and floss after indulging in a meal — especially if there are cameras around.
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