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Quinoa: An In-Depth Guide to the Amazing Health Benefits, Uses, and Other Darned Interesting Facts of this Beloved Body Ecology "Grain"

Over 5000 years ago the Incas cultivated the grain-like seed quinoa as one of their staple crops.

Now science has shown that this humble "grain" is actually a superfood! Quinoa is full of phytonutrients, antioxidants AND can even help balance your blood sugar.

As a result, people everywhere are discovering the benefits of quinoa, a delicious whole "grain" that is easy to digest, full of high quality protein and fiber, and can form the basis for delicious Body Ecology meals.

You've probably heard that you should eat whole grains, but try the gluten free grain-like seed called "quinoa" instead of wheat. Quinoa provides more amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients than most other grains!

"Quin-WHAT?"

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is not a grain; it is actually a seed and related to the spinach family. When cooked, quinoa is light, fluffy, slightly crunchy and subtly flavored. It actually cooks and tastes like a grain, making it an excellent replacement for grains that are difficult to digest or feed candida (a systemic fungal infection).

But its flavor is only part of why quinoa is such an amazing "supergrain."

Some of the nutrients in quinoa include:

  • Complete protein. Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body as building blocks for muscles.
  • Magnesium helps relax your muscles and blood vessels and effects blood pressure. Quinoa contains high levels of this vital nutrient.
  • Fiber. Quinoa is a wonderful way to ensure that you consume valuable fiber that eases elimination and tones your colon.
  • Manganese and copper. Quinoa is a good source of these minerals that act as antioxidants in your body to get rid of dangerous cancer and disease-causing substances.

Compared to other grains, quinoa is higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc than wheat, barley, or corn.2

Studies have shown that quinoa has documented health benefits too!

Quinoa, in its whole grain form, may be effective in preventing and treating these conditions:3

  • Artherosclerosis
  • Breast cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Insulin resistance

Researchers attribute the health benefits of quinoa to its complete nutritional makeup.

Quinoa is close to one of the most complete foods in nature because it contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.

Quinoa: A Body Ecology Grain

We recommend quinoa because it does not feed fungal and bacterial infections in your body (and doctors estimate that 8 in 10 Americans have fungal infections, like candia!)1.

Quinoa has other qualities that make it an ideal "grain":

  • Quinoa acts as a prebiotic that feeds the microflora (good bacteria) in your intestines.
  • Quinoa is easily digested for optimal absorption of nutrients.
  • Quinoa is gluten-free and safe for those with gluten intolerance, people on a celiac diet, and for autistic children who follow the Body Ecology program for autism.

To learn more about Body Ecology "grains" read The Risks of Consuming Typical Grains & the Healthy Grains to Choose Instead.

Quinoa in the Kitchen

Quinoa is especially easy to cook and can be enjoyed year-round because it's versatile and light. You can use it in warming winter soups or refreshing summer salads.

Make sure you rinse your quinoa and then soak for at least 8 hours to remove the phytic acid that can prevent proper digestion.

We like to add B.E. Wholegrain Liquid to the soaking water to add some beneficial bacteria and further soften the "grains" before cooking.

Cook quinoa 15 minutes or less, and it's ready to mix with a variety of ingredients to create diverse and delicious meals.

Here are some ideas for your next quinoa meal:

  • Sautee garlic, onions, and spinach with coconut oil to top your quinoa.
  • Make a summery salad by chopping raw carrots, zucchini, cultured vegetables, and onions over quinoa.
  • Use quinoa with vegetable broth and your choice of vegetables for a nutritious soup.
  • Make a rich gravy for your quinoa for a satisfying alternative. This gravy recipe is easy and delicious.

Quinoa, a delicious gluten free grain-like seed, is full of nutrients and acts as a prebiotic to feed the healthy microflora in your intestines. Get high quality, organic quinoa delivered to your door today!

Quinoa makes a great breakfast meal and can be enjoyed in its wholegrain form or try quinoa flakes hot cereal as a wonderful replacement for oatmeal!

We also recommend eating quinoa in the evening. It is the ideal easy-to-digest food to eat in the evening because it encourages a good night's sleep.

To aid your digestion even more, be sure to add fermented foods and drinks, like cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids.

Quinoa can be your superfood: regulating your blood sugar, enhancing elimination, and keeping your heart healthy. Add this "mother grain" to your diet and enjoy the health benefits of quinoa, just like the Incas did thousands of years ago.

Sources:

  1. Quinoa, WHFoods.org.
    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=142
  2. The Largely Unknown Health Epidemic Affecting Almost ALL Americans, BodyEcology.com.
    http://www.bodyecology.com/06/12/28/unknown_health_epidemic.php
  3. Oelke, E.A., et al, "Quinoa," Hort.Purdue.edu.
    http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/afcm/quinoa.html
  4. Quinoa, WHFoods.org.
    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=142

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34 thoughts on “Quinoa: An In-Depth Guide to the Amazing Health Benefits, Uses, and Other Darned Interesting Facts of this Beloved Body Ecology "Grain"”

  • Eating Right Jun 4 at 7:19 am

    Quinoa is a very healthy alternative to rice. Try this Quinoa risotto recipe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr5KPFPMLtg

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  • Betty Arnold Jul 24 at 9:19 am

    Sorry to inform you Alex H but it seems that you have not done your research. Coconut oil , its milk and meat are very healthy for you.
    It contains medium chain fatty acids which are very beneficial to your health. Coconuts have healing properties and many health benefits. In my findings canola oil is bad due to the processing of the oil. Also you must make sure you are using the correct olive oil as well due to rancidity and gmo's. Im not trying to be rude at all just informative as I have read several books and done much research to back this up and suggest you do the same. Check it out for yourself. The info is all there!

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  • I use Quiinoa Flour, it can be added to many recipies. I make bagels and muffins with it. I try not to use too much as it affects the flavour slightly. I find it best to mix it with other flours. You may like the flavor though. I made a pizza crust all with quinoa and found that it had a strong flavour. I find even small quantities (1/2 cup per a dozen muffins give me noticable benefits - energy and seemly a blood sugar/awareness improvement)

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  • I would agree with Bo that giving up yeast ie bread, although hard at first, appears to have been helpful too.
    i have discovered the delights of corn tortillas and of popadums. i feel satisfied but healthier in my food habuts.
    it is so quick to put corn in bowl, add a little water, mix with hand into pliable ball, and then divide firther into small balls. line each side if tortilla press with cling film, press and the ball widens into thin tortilla.
    this is a real find for me. dry fry each side for a very short time and ut is so versatile.

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  • Valarie McKenzie Jan 5 at 12:58 pm

    On Food Combining, may we eat quinoa with chicken or beef? Or only veggies? How about adding nuts to either?

    Thank you for your help,
    Valarie

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  • My friend is from Peru where guinoa originated & she grew up eating quinoa. She said she washed the grains a couple of times, soaked it for several hours & then cooked it in different recipes. I buy organic quinoa from Peru & Bolivia but the instructions do not say to soak the grains but wash it then proceed to boil it in water for 15 minutes & add whatever you want to eat it. So soaking it for 8 hrs isn't suggested??

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  • Great depth :-)

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  • Bo
    I too get sinus and thrush problems now due to extra steroid inhalers for asthma when I was ill - just a step too far for me......
    Many antibiotics, salt washes - including snorting - HORRIBLE.
    My dentist then said just stop eating mushrooms - the difference! I love them but I hate thrush so a simple choice really.
    What do you think - anyone had other advice?
    I have this yeast problem too - really sets me off! My sister has given me some rice crepe roll mix to try to use as bread wraps - I must admit I do like some sort of sandwich.

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  • I do hope that quinine is this good, as I am taking this regularly and it is great food!
    I do get mine from 2 excellent health stores (fussy and knowledgeable) and I always get the best quality produce from them above all the others BUT I still have t was that quinine really well.
    Check it for yourselves - the eliminating makes any rising water quite soapy and the water does not run clear until I rub it a little and rinse thoroughly.
    Further, I was told that soaking overnight then pertaining time and, strangely, somehow enhances the nutrients in these seeds. The cooking method is to use about 3 cups of water to one cup of quinine and stir often. It is worth it as it enables up to a week's supply if kept refrigerated.
    It may be used as sweet or savoury dish and I like to smother it in fruits or vegetables, hot or cold and I love the versatility, simplicity and speed = healthy fast food.

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  • My son is on GAPS .IS this grain recommended for him.

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