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7 reasons to eat quinoa

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Superfood or not, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) has a number of indisputable nutritional and health benefits. Touted as a grain (it is a grain crop), what we actually eat is the seed. It is easy to prepare and incredibly versatile.

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Here are seven good reasons to include quinoa in your diet:

high amount of protein compared to most other grain crops making it invaluable for vegans and vegetarians particularly
a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids
gluten free
contains no cholesterol
good source of iron, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium and vitamins E, B2 (riboflavin) and B6
high in fibre
low glycaemic index which makes it an ideal food for diabetics

Quinoa does have a natural chemical coating containing saponins, but this is theoretically removed after harvest during processing. To be on the safe side, buy organic and rinse well before using.

There are books and websites dedicated to quinoa recipes so ideas for use aren't hard to find. Some of my favourites include quinoa bake, cheesy quinoa burgers, quinoa porridge and as a base for salads.

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