EN on Foods

March 2005 Issue

“Mother Grain” Quinoa Packed With Protein, Nutrients

The Folklore: A native of the Andes, quinoa (KEEN-wah) dates back more than 5,000 years. Called “the mother grain” by the ancient Incas, quinoa sustained the Inca people and was considered sacred. The Facts: Though technically not a whole grain, quinoa offers a better balance of amino acids than the protein in most true grains. It is rich in iron and magnesium.

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