Grown in South America for over 5,000 years, quinoa was the sacred grain of the Incas. Consumed as a cereal, it is the seed of a plant belonging to the chenopodiaceae family (spinach, beets, pigweed…). Its nutritional values are remarkable!
It is rich in protein (14%) and provides the full range of essential amino acids, including lysine, an amino acid which is practically absent from cereals. It also possesses a high content of B-complex vitamins (except for B12, which is derived from animals). Its iron content ranks high among pseudocereals. It is also an excellent source of manganese, an essential trace element for health. It provides several minerals: calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus, and is also a good source of fibre.
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