Quinoa is a grain-like crop that is grown primarily for its seeds. It originated in the Andean region of South America where it has been a staple food source for over 6,000 years. Only recently did quinoa make its name in North America as a healthy and easy to prepare alternative to other grains, such as rice and wheat. Quinoa contains a high level of protein (12-18%) and is therefore a fantastic food source for vegans and vegetarians. Unlike its grain counterparts which are low in lysine, quinoa contains all essential amino acids that the human body requires. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and contains high levels of magnesium and iron. Quinoa is also gluten-free making it easy to digest and a good alternative for those with gluten allergies and intolerances.
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