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What do you know about Quinoa?

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Created March 07, 2010 at 2:05 AM

Apparently it is from South America, gluten free, and has appeared in Costco in a 4lb bag for $10.00 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa

What does anyone know that may be a deterrant from eating it?

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4936 · May 09, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Forget the saponins! They are fairly easy to wash off...

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4002 · August 31, 2012 at 7:21 AM

where do you get this from?

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24528 · March 25, 2012 at 5:14 AM

Ha ha ha ha.....ran into the same thing in Olympia, every single freakin' potluck. That said, I actually like the stuff, kind of a plant version of the caviar mouth feel, you just have to soak it in an acidic bath, and wash it properly before cooking or it is naaasty.

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11557 · March 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Not that it's paleo, haha, just there is a way to prepare it so that it doesn't taste bad. Just sayin'.

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11557 · March 24, 2012 at 10:59 PM

You have to rinse it to get the bitter taste off. I used to rinse it in one of those vegetable bags (with the little holes in them), then it tastes really similar to rice.

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4111 · March 24, 2012 at 9:53 PM

What proof do you have that what he says is garbage?

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10497 · March 07, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Don't forget the saponins

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2633 · March 07, 2010 at 3:30 AM

I know it tastes horrible. I know it is ridiculously expensive for what is essentially a staple-grain. I know you can't go to a pot-luck in Portland without some half-starved-lookin' hippie bringing a crock-pot of the stuff.

That's all I need to know. :-)

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24528 · March 25, 2012 at 5:14 AM

Ha ha ha ha.....ran into the same thing in Olympia, every single freakin' potluck. That said, I actually like the stuff, kind of a plant version of the caviar mouth feel, you just have to soak it in an acidic bath, and wash it properly before cooking or it is naaasty.

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11557 · March 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Not that it's paleo, haha, just there is a way to prepare it so that it doesn't taste bad. Just sayin'.

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11557 · March 24, 2012 at 10:59 PM

You have to rinse it to get the bitter taste off. I used to rinse it in one of those vegetable bags (with the little holes in them), then it tastes really similar to rice.

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38 · March 24, 2012 at 8:37 PM

It's not Paleo, but the saponin argument Rob threw out in The Paleo Solution is pretty pointless because quinoa sold in North America has had all the saponin removed. He had nothing bad to say about it so threw that lob out and hoped nobody was smart enough to know the difference. It's not the perfect food, but it's fine to eat and is a decent source of vegetarian protein. All that auto-immune garbage is completely false.

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4002 · August 31, 2012 at 7:21 AM

where do you get this from?

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4111 · March 24, 2012 at 9:53 PM

What proof do you have that what he says is garbage?

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482 · March 07, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Here's what Cordain's blog has to say about quinoa:

"Quinoa and amaranth are grain-like crops with potential harmful substances namely saponins. Saponins have been demonstrated to increase intestinal permeability which is one of the factors contributing to many autoimmune diseases, as well as irritable bowel syndrome. So, we recommend to avoid quinoa and amaranth, specially if you suffer from an autoimmune disease."

However, according to wikipedia, commercial quinoa has generally had the saponins removed.

The wiki page is pretty interesting. As Rick says, it's not a paleo food, but it looks like it was a staple of the Incan diet. More recently, they've tried breeding quinoa to be saponin=free, but growers rejected it because without the saponins, birds ate the quinoa before it could be harvested!

Beth

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1912 · March 07, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Quinoa is not a true grain (it's not a grass). It's related to spinach, beets and chard. It has a unique taste and texture that does take some getting used to.

It's also a rich source of carbs, and to make matters worse, it has a pretty high glycemic index (above 50).

Quinoa contains a good combination of minerals and amino acids. It might be considered an alternative to grains, but it's definitely not Paleo.

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4936 · May 09, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Forget the saponins! They are fairly easy to wash off...

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10497 · March 07, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Don't forget the saponins

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1137 · March 07, 2010 at 3:11 AM

All I know is that It's high in carbs. It contains anti-nutrients. You cannot eat it raw, it must be washed first and cooked. It is not considered Paleo. It tastes okay, and we keep some around for emergencies.

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4936 · March 25, 2012 at 7:17 AM

I love quinoa. Well washed, to remove saponins. I boil it until it is soft and use in place of rice. And I love the leftovers fried with an onion - it goes crisp and crunchy and is divine with a fried egg or two!

I have a very sensitive digestion and lots of things trigger it - but quinoa is just fine for me. High in magnesium and manganese, significant phosphorus, copper, zinc, folate etc.

I can't see a downside so long as it is well washed.

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305 · March 25, 2012 at 5:21 AM

That is my occasional cheat, I love the quinoa and veggies frozen mix you can buy at Trader Joes. I have not found that it bothers me or makes me feel ill like almost all other grains and wheat......which I found interesting. It is one that I seem to tolerate well.

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222 · May 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM

i think anyone that tells you that they truly like the taste of that stuff is just lying. Just eat white rice, not as bad for you and a lot better tasting

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60 · May 10, 2014 at 6:41 AM

Quinoa is usually considered to be a whole grain, it is actually a seed, but can be prepared like whole grains such as rice or barley. It is protein-packed grain contains every amino acid.

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15385 · May 09, 2014 at 1:14 PM

For me it is completely indigestible. The only grain I can cheat a little with is corn, but (I'll spare you the details) quinoa goes right through me. To me it tastes kind of unpleasantly grainy/sandy. Suffice it to say that I don't eat it any more. Supposedly it is some kind of grain superfood but I have my doubts.

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147 · March 25, 2012 at 3:18 AM

...what about all of the sources that say it's a fruit? I don't know if that's a cop out, or what. Seems to me like the jury is still out.

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