Quinoa the Everyday Superfood

Quinoa the Everyday SuperfoodQuinoa, pronounced “Keen-wah”, is a goosefoot species,miracle grain-like crop. It is native to South America and was first domesticated almost 6,000 years ago in the Andes. I call it a miracle crop for a reason. Among many other nutritional values, it’s protein content is very high (12%-18%). Unlike wheat or rice, and like oats, quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans. Because of these characteristics quinoa is a complete protein source, unusual among plant foods. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest.If it sounds took good to be true; it’s not. And best of all, it has a wonderful nutty flavor and cooks up nice and fluffy making it a perfect substitution for white rice or couscous.

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