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12 Reasons to Love Quinoa

10.  Quinoa is high in lysine, which helps with tissue repair and growth.  It also helps ward off cold sores.

11.  Quinoa is rich in fiber, which may help protect against gallstones, according to the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

12.  It may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes thanks to its magnesium stores.  Magnesium helps activate over 500 enzymes in your body, including those involved in insulin secretion and the body’s use of sugar.

How to Cook Quinoa

1 cup quinoa

1-1/2 cups water or stock

Add the quinoa and water or stock to a small pot.  Bring to a boil.  Cover. Reduce heat and cook for 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed.

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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?

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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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