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12 Reasons to Love Quinoa

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5.  It contains the building blocks for superoxide dismutase—an important antioxidant that helps protect the energy centers of your cells from free radical damage.

6.  It cooks in under 20 minutes, making it a much healthier alternative than white rice and much faster than most whole grains.

7.  It is versatile.  Add coconut or almond milk to cooked quinoa for a delicious hot breakfast “cereal.” Add cooked vegetables like onions, red peppers, and squash with a few herbs for a delicious meatless meal.  Or, add finely chopped onion, cucumber, green peppers, tomatoes with some oregano and lemon juice for a delicious and satisfying take on Greek salad.

8.  It is gluten-free for anyone suffering from celiac or autoimmune disorders.

9.  It’s a good source of the amino acid tryptophan.  You know, the one that helps with melatonin production which helps improve sleep quality.

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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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