Quinoa Grain
a High Protein Grain

Quinoa Grain is a high protein grain and a complete protein source. 

The health benefits of quinoa make it a very attractive food for Vegans or for people cutting back on carbs.

What is Quinoa?  Quinoa is an Ancient food of the Inca Indians and is native to the Andes.

This high protein grain is technically a seed and it is related to leafy greens such as spinach and swiss chard.  I call it a pseudo grain.

Being one of the best sources of protein in the plant world is definitely one of the health benefits of quinoa.

The quinoa grain or quinoa seed can grow in harsh environments and comes in different colors such as yellow, red, brown, and black

The Health Benefits of Quinoa

  • The Quinoa Grain is high in Protein (approx. 12 to 18%) and has a high content of the valuable Essential Amino Acid Lysine (most grains are deficient in this essential amino acid).
  • Lysine aids in the Building of Muscle Tissue and the Absorption of Calcium.  Lysine also helps in the Production of Enzymes and Hormones.
  • Quinoa is considered a Complete Protein because it contains all of the Nine Essential Amino Acids.
  • Quinoa is Easy to Digest and is Gluten Free
  • Quinoa is Not in the Grass Family which makes it Beneficial for people who cannot tolerate common grains like wheat, rye, barley, corn, and oats
  • Possesses larger amounts of Iron, Manganese, Copper, Magnesium, Zinc, Potassium, B vitamins, and vitamin E than most other grains
  • Quinoa is Not Hybridized (unlike common wheat) nor is it genetically engineered, therefore Quinoa Remains Pure and Wholesome

What is Quinoa Saponins?

This high protein grain has a unique coating called saponin that serves to protect it from birds and the environment.

If the saponins aren't removed, quinoa will have a bitter taste and will be some what toxic.

If the high protein grain that you purchased, has not had its saponins removed - simply put quinoa into a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water for a few minutes.

You Should Soak Quinoa!

Also, soaking quinoa in acidic water for 12 to 24 hours will help to break down anti-nutrients found in the quinoa grain.  This also helps to make quinoa more nutritious, so that you can enjoy the health benefits of quinoa.

Quinoa has a light and fluffy texture when cooked and it can easily be used as a replacement for other grains especially rice.

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