What is quinoa and how can it help you? pictures

    

Quinoa is a grain that is native to South America, specifically Chile, Peru, and Bolivia (around the Andes mountains). For over 5,000 years it has been a staple crop to the tribes around the area. This plant is very nutritious. For example, the amount and quality of the protein in quinoa seed is often better than that of other cereal grains. It also has less sodium and more calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, and phosphorus than other grains. It is used for a variety of things including making flour, cereals, soups, and even alcohol. Typically, in the United States, it is sold as a whole grains which is then cooked separately as a rice, or in dishes such pilaf. Its also great with stir-fry. Often, the leaves are eaten as it, similar to spinach. It can also be turned into a flour and combined with wheat flour, cornmeal, or grain to make breads and biscuits. These grains are usually covered with a coating of compounds that must be removed before consumption, which can be done by soaking them in water. There are three main advantages to using quinoa: It cooks much quicker than other grains; it tastes great alone; and it not only has great protein, but it also is cholesterol- and gluten-free, kosher, and nearly always organic. This grain can be found in either the grocery store bulk bins, or in natural food stores. Try it out today, and you will learn to love eating this grain. Plus, its health benefits are great!






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