Quinoa: the Gold of the Incas

Quinoa (Keen-WAH) was once considered the gold of the Incas. This ancient grain is a complete protein! A complete protein contains all eight essential amino acids; these amino acids are essential because our body cannot produce them. Therefore, we must consume them. The research is clear that protein from plants supply all our protein needs. Plant based protein is superior to meat proteins as they do not include harmful cholesterol and fat. Further, plant based proteins contain nutritional factors (complex carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and fiber). Quinoa is a complete protein as well as containing many additional nutritional benefits including lysine, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, and phosphorous; these nutrients are essential in tissue growth and repair and are especially valuable for those with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis. This chart demonstrates quinoa’s nutrient per calorie density.

Notice Quinoa’s low fat, zero saturated fat, zero cholesterol, and high fiber content. Quinoa’s high fiber content aids in proper digestion.

Quinoa is available at Costco stores for approximately $10.00 a bag.

Quinoa is quick and easy to cook. Replace rice with quinoa in your cooking for increased nutritional benefits…and taste! The following links provide delicious quinoa recipes.

http://www.cookingquinoa.net/quinoa-recipes/

http://wholefoodmommies.com/Home/Recipes


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2 Responses

  1. I would love to try using Quinoa!

  2. this stuff is so good!

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