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What is Quinoa


Quinoa Grain

Quinoa Grain

Kimberley K. Eggleston
Question: What is Quinoa
You've probably heard of quinoa by now and are wondering, what is quinoa?

Quinoa is actually a seed that is quickly growing in popularity as a tasty, easy-to-prepare, nutrient-packed healthy food. The origins of quinoa date back thousands of years as a staple food of the ancient Incan civilization, but is now finding its way onto the plates of millions today because of its optimal nutritional quality and culinary versatility.

Quinoa contains a balanced combination of amino acids, or the building blocks of protein, making it an excellent source of protein all on its own. Another attractive quality of quinoa is that is it gluten-free, making it a great choice for those with celiac disease or gluten-intolernace. Quinoa also has a low glycemic index, making it a popular choice for those with diabetes. Not to mention that it is packed with dietary fiber, phosphorus, iron, and riboflavin, and is easily digestible.

Cooking quinoa Cooking quinoa is really quite simple, and it can be used as the main ingredient in several dishes, or can easily replace rice is almost any recipe. The texture is cooked quinoa is light and fluffy, and it has a wonderful nutty flavor. You may try quinoa in a salad, as a breakfast cereal, or in stuffed peppers.

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