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12 Reasons to Love Quinoa

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12 Reasons to Love Quinoa

A staple of the ancient Incas who revered it as sacred, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is not a true grain, but a seed.  Surprisingly, it is related to spinach and Swiss chard.  If you’re not already enjoying this delicious food, here are 7 reasons to start.

1.  Unlike most grains quinoa is a complete protein. Most grains lack one or more of the essential amino acids, making them incomplete. Quinoa packs an amino acid punch.

2.  Quinoa is rich in nutrients, including:  manganese, iron, magnesium, B-vitamins, and fiber.

3.  In studies, quinoa is a proven aid for migraine sufferers, likely due to its magnesium and riboflavin content.  Magnesium helps relax muscles and riboflavin helps reduce the frequency of migraine attacks and improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells.

4.  Like its grain counterparts, quinoa lessens the risk for heart disease and helps with heart arrhythmias.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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9:39AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Roopak V.: Quinoa belongs to the grass seeds, like some other plants, too, amaranth f. ex. If there are other names? I don´t know, hahaha!

9:38AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Yes, and it´s also gluten-free, so people with sprue can also eat it!

8:09PM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

There is one more thing to note -- quinoa in packages state on the front if it's the type that has already been rinsed. Thus, saving a lot of work and you can simply use it as any other grain as a base.

3:02AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

i'll give it a shot. thank you

2:32AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Why is quinoa a seed and not a true grain?
Aren't wheat grain also the seed of the wheat plant? Or maize grain the seed of the maize plant?

2:28AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Are there also any other names for quinoa?

6:59AM PDT on May 14, 2012

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2:47PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

will rinse and try it tomorrow! sounds delish!

11:13PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Can I use it in place of rice?

11:08AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Useful information.

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