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What are the health benefits? I love it. It is so light and it tastes better than rice (imo).

But it isn't lower calorie.

Is the only benefit easy digestion?

Wed. Sep 13, 11:35pm

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"A recently rediscovered ancient "grain" native to Central America, quinoa was once called "the gold of the Incas," who recognized its value in increasing the stamina of their warriors. Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Not only is quinoa's amino acid profile well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, but quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorous, this "grain" may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis. "


Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 11:41 PM

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Wow thanks! And nice link!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 11:46 PM

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Where do you get your quinoa? The link says you can find it in stores, but I've never seen it! Then again, maybe they're not talking about a run-of-the-mill Safeway.

While I was in Peru, I would have quinoa soup all the time, but I've never even considered finding it in the states. Can't say I like it more than rice, but maybe it'll grow on me, and if it does, it'll be totally worth it!

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 4:42 AM

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I have seen it at several Dierbergs (midwest) the organic section...

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 8:51 AM

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Trader Joe's has it.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 10:48 AM

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It also has a much shorter cooking time than rice -- easy to whip some up in a hurry.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 10:55 AM

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The grocery stores around me carry it in the bulk foods section.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 12:53 PM

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Yum, I just remembered that in Peru you could even get it as cereal. It was puffed and slightly sweetened - delicious!

Quinoa is great for stuffings as well, creates a great base for cold and hot dishes and can be made well with broth to season it up a bit.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 2:09 PM

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If you don't have a Trader Joe's around try any natural food store.

I've made it in to salads (like pasta salad), added fruit and milk and had it like a hot cereal, in casseroles, served it up like rice pilaf. Very adaptable, cooks very fast. Soaks up lots of liquid so beware! More than rice when cooking.

Friday, September 15, 2006, 5:35 AM

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