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8 Health Benefits of Quinoa

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History:

  • Quinoa was considered sacred by the Incas; they called it the “mother seed.” The Inca civilization in South America grew it in the high altitude of the Andes.  It was their staple food for 5,000 years.
  • The Spanish conquistadors almost wiped quinoa out by making it illegal for the Indians to grow.  They did not see how useful it is.
  • Finally in the 1980s two Americans discovered this nutrient-rich food and began growing quinoa in Colorado.

Quinoa Nutrition:
Nutritional Value of Quinoa (100 grams)

372 calories
Proteins 11.49 grams
Fat  4.86 grams
Carbohydrates  71.2 grams
Calcium  66 milligrams
Iron   8.5 milligrams
Vitamin  1 gram
Vitamin C  1 gram
Thiamin  0.24 grams
Riboflavin 0.23 grams
Niacin 1.40 grams

Source: Bethzabe Iiguez de Barrios. Mil Delicias de la Quinua. Oruro, Bolivia: (Editora Quelco, 1977), p. 29.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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