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Quinoa - The Ideal Food.

Updated on March 22, 2011
A few Quinoa grains close up.
A few Quinoa grains close up.

In my search to incorporate a wheat free and gluten free diet for my eczema suffering toddler, I came across an amazing grain called Quinoa.

This hearty and versatile leafy herb, grows up to six feet tall and produces an abundance of seeds that serve as a nutritious food substance.

A unique and remarkable herb originating in the Andean region of South America, it has been an important food source for the natives of this region for over 6,000 years.

Despised by the Spanish who first explored the Americas as the food of peasants, it is only now that people are aware of the amazing benefits of this unique herb.

Great for people restricted to non-gluten or vegan diets, Quinoa can be used as a breakfast cereal, served cold with salad, hot with meat dishes, or sweet as a dessert. In addition, it can be ground into flour (toasted or not), and used in making bread goods and pasta.

With it's unique and nutty taste, many have even used Quinoa to make Quinoa soup. This involves a simple process of chopping onions, beans, carrots, squash, or any of your veggies of choice, and boiling the ingredients with whole washed Quinoa grain in meat stock (broth or chicken which ever you prefer) until the Quinoa grains burst. Add a little salt for taste after it's done - Voila! Quinoa soup.

It's not only the Quinoa's versatility that makes it the ideal food, it's nutritional value is outstanding as well.

Nutritionists have discovered that Quinoa is low in starch and sugar and rich in fiber and unsaturated oils. In addition, it contains many essential minerals and vitamins.

However, it's greatest appeal is the protein found in Quinoa - 50% more than in wheat, barley, rice, or oats and of superior quality.

In addition, Quinoa contains an ideal balance of amino acids necessary for our bodies survival, including the important amino acid lysine - which is a necessary building block for all protein in the body.

"Lysine plays a major role in calcium absorption; building muscle protein; recovering from surgery or sports injuries; and the body's production of hormones, enzymes, and antibodies" - Wikipedia, that is normally scarce in vegetable protein and found plentiful only in meat, fish and eggs - which makes it great for vegans and individuals forced to follow a strict diet that may prohibit these foods - such as Eczema sufferers.

Due to it's superior nutritional value and versatility, it's no wonder that Quinoa is considered the ideal food.

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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thsnk you networkrecruiting for stopping by. My daughter suffers from this skin condition as well so I can really empthathize with you.

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      networkrecruiting 

      8 years ago from Spicy Alabama

      I trouble with eczema so I eat a lot of gluten based foods and I find quinoa to be so delicious. I make all kinds of salads and even put in stews and soups. great hub...love it.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you for stopping by joque and your kind feedback.

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      joque 

      9 years ago

      Wow, I never heard of quinoa. I am interested in health, so i'm glad I found your hub. keep on pushin my sister. Your info is so needed in our community.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Sarah m Marie. It's only sad that it took my daughter's condition to learn about it. Oh well, I guess all's well that ends well. I think it's an amazing food source.

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      Sarah m Marie 

      9 years ago

      Quinoa is so good for you. Great find!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      donotfear - thanks for your feedback, I'm going to have to try it that way as well.

      Creativeone59 - this is a great substitute for wheat based products. Since my daughter's eczema is flared up by wheat products (among other things), I was grateful to find a filling, tasty, nutrional substitute. I hope this helps your grandson. I will keep your daughter and grandson in my prayers. This skin condition is very debilitating for both the sufferer, and the caretaker when the flareups pop up.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Well now, I will have to try it and tell my daughter to get some for my grandson, because of his eczema real bad. thanks for very informative info. creativeone59

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      Annette Thomas 

      9 years ago from Northeast Texas

      I've tried this. I have some in my pantry now. It tastes a lot like almonds. I can eat it plain, with nothing on it. It's filling and tasty. It's really good with some butter!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      I've never tried it with mushrooms, I'll try it next time. Thanks for the tip. Thanks for the feedback BkCreative.

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      BkCreative 

      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I know quinoa - it tastes good and is super nutritious. Love it with mushrooms!

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