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Is Quinoa good for you?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 31, 2013 at 5:55 AM

This queston is not really relevant to my situation right now because I only ever ate quinoa once last year, but I still want to see how many of you experienced what I did when I did eat it. So I boiled the quinoa on the stove with water until well cooked with a bit of salt, and then I ate some. The next day during a bowel movement, the stool had so much undigested quinoa in it. It was the dark quinoa so it looked like micro bulletholes in the poo but they were not holes. They were the seeds for sure. My question for the quinoa eaters is, when you eat it, are the seeds fully digested or do you see bits of it in your stool(if you take a peek before wiping and flushing)?

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on January 31, 2013
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Indeed, rising quinoa consumption in the West has some major ethics issues.

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The seeds are covered in saponins and need to be soaked - thoroughly washed to get rid of them before cooking. When I do this - I DO NOT have the problem you are describing!!! If you put the quinoa you are planning to cook in tepid water for about 1 hour, then rinse it, cover with more water and tip the lot into a food processor and whizz it for a few minutes, the saponins tend to come off (I've seen it go quite frothy doing this). It's a bit of a palaver but worth it...

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at 11:33 AM

Andrew has given good info. It's not really considered a Paleo food, at least by Robb Wolf. Also, it's not a sustainable grain - the fact that it's become trendy in western nations means it's become unaffordable in its native countries. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/16/vegans-stomach-unpalatable-truth-quinoa

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on January 31, 2013
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Indeed, rising quinoa consumption in the West has some major ethics issues.

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on January 31, 2013
at 02:36 PM

Short answer: no.

Longer answer: it's not the worst grain or pseudo-grain you could eat.

Suggestion: just skip the grains and pseudo-grains. There's so many better paleo friendly sources of dense, starchy carbohydrates such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava, taro, true yams, squash, and more.

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