It is a grain that comes from the Andes Mountains of South America. Quinoa is a plant that is grown at altitudes where corn can not grow. Although it belongs to the family of cereals but to quenopodias (beet, spinach or chard), it has been considered as such because it has been a staple for many people. The origins of Quinoa are truly ancient. It was one of the three meals of the Inca civilization, along with corn and potatoes. Quinoa was so well known, and is now called and is known with respect as the grain of the Andes as well as the "Supergrano the Future."
The part used are the small grains coated with saponin to protect the birds. We can say that quinoa has been rediscovered a few years ago for its nutritional qualities. First, not being a cereal containing gluten but has not, however, a high protein content. Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain: an average of 16.2 percent compared with 7.5 percent for rice, 9.9 percent for corn and 14 percent for wheat. Some varieties of Quinoa are above 20 percent protein. Quinoa's protein is of extraordinary quality. It is a complete protein with essential amino acid balance close to the ideal ... similar to milk. The assimilation of proteins (75%) is favored by the high content of essential amino acids (lysine, methionine and tryptophan). Only in this egg protein assimilation is greater. This makes it an excellent food accompaniments, and reinforces the value of the protein from other forms of grain (which are low in lysine), or soy (which is low in methionine and cystine). Quinoa also provides starch, sugars and fats (high in linoleic acid essential), fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Contains vitamins C, E, F and B (thiamine, riboflavin and niacin) and high percentage of calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium and zinc, while almost no sodium. Their rates are very low calorie and no danger of the appearance of parasites or insects in the summer.
Quinoa has been used by NASA as a staple food for space travel austronatas its nutritional richness and balance.
Easy to digest
Quinoa is light for the stomach, tasty and easily digestible. Fast and Simple to Prepare in 15 minutes. Versatile and can replace any grain. In soups, entrance or main dishes, desserts and beverages, bread and galletas.Los adolescents and children accept it easily and is an excellent source of nutrition for them. It also is recommended for the elderly and convalescents and stress.