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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Quinoa? How do you say it?

Ok, I know so many of you have either heard of it, or read about it, and like me, you said it wrong. Most people call in quin o ah? Nope.. it is pronounced (KEEN WAH) THATS IT Quinoa!
This is the most amazing part of Quinoa!
A recently rediscovered ancient "grain" native to South America, quinoa was once called "the gold of the Incas," who recognized its value in increasing the stamina of their warriors. Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Not only is quinoa's amino acid profile well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, but quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, this "grain" may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.
To read more about its health benefits, like helping those plagued by migraines, go to this link... http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=142&tname=foodspice
For a great recipe, look in my previous posts and youll find a great black bean and quinoa recipe!

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