Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

9/16/03

Q:

What is quinoa?

A:

Quinoa is a grain from the Andes Mountains that once nourished the ancient Incans. It is now being rediscovered and grown in the US. Quinoa is a good source of protein, calcium, and iron. It is also a good alternative to wheat, rice, or potatoes. The raw grain may need to be washed to thoroughly remove the saponin, a strengthening compound that discourages predators from eating it while growing. Quinoa pasta can be found in most health food stores.

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