What is quinoa and why it replaces rice (hint: arsenic)

What is quinoa? Pronounced [ˈkēnwä]. It’s an alternative to eating wheat products and other grains you might be sensitive to. When you hear the word ‘gluten’, they are actually referring to grains such as wheat, barley and rye that affect those with celiac disease and have a sensitivity to gluten.

Quinoa falls into the classification of 'pseudo-cereal grain', with amaranth and buckwheat. The debate is still going on whether it should be called a grain or seed. But, who cares! You wouldn't be wrong if you called quinoa by both terms!

I think those so called gluten containing grains, plus even corn, do affect me, although they may not necessarily affect you adversely. Yet, all grains have their own form of gluten protein and a different name for this gluten. Gluten is a protein found in all grains like wheat. And, the gluten found in quinoa has its own name, too.

So, being all grains no matter which ones have their own gluten, certain ones if not all may be a problem for some of us. Wheat and corn are notorious for that.

I have narrowed it down through the process of elimination and have found grains like quinoa and brown rice don’t bother me. You might want to do the same. Also, your doctor can test you for various grain sensitivity. I never knew how popular quinoa had become until recently [1 USDA].

What I do, if I crave a hot cereal at night after dinner, is to combine cooked quinoa and brown rice and pour on a little almond milk. I add a few berries like blueberries, blackberries and/or raspberries. I try to avoid sugar more for the reason of protecting my teeth rather than anything else. A little sugar won’t hurt most of us.

Quinoa at first, tastes a little weird, but you eventually get used to it. Whether we like it or not, change is in the wind, so you do what you must to get by. And, you also try to improve your diet so you feel better, lose weight and live longer.

Choices. Welcome to life. Life is full of choices and we must learn to choose the best one at the time. We can of course, always change our minds, later. But, quinoa may be a good choice at the moment if other glutens happen to not agree with you. Why not give it a try, you just might like it.


1 URL usda.gov/media/blog/2013/08/16/quinoa-plant-lot-potential
Website Title USDA
Article TitleQuinoa: A Plant with a Lot of Potential
Date Accessed December 29, 2017

Note- be sure to contact your doctor before you change your diet.

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