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We usually think of quinoa as a grain, but it is actually the seed of a plant indigenous to South America. Its flavor is delicate, almost bland, and has been compared to couscous or rice. Quinoa is lighter, but can be used in any way suitable for rice.

Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain, and is higher in unsaturated fats and lower in carbohydrates (than most grains). It is a very good source of calcium, iron, phosphorous, B vitamins, and vitamin E.

Quinoa’s slow-releasing carbohydrates help to maintain blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of diabetes; as well as cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease. It helps in the control of appetite, increasing the supply of antioxidants, and improving the digestive system.