Quinoa and Wild Rice Seeds or Grains?

Answered on October 25, 2013
Created October 25, 2013 at 1:28 PM

I am a newbie and understand the normal grains but, what about items that are seeds by nature, Quinoa, Wild Rice and any others that you can think of. What is acceptable, what is not and why?

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on October 25, 2013
at 04:57 PM

I'm not very knowledgeable about wild rice but have read about & eaten a fair amount of quinoa.

Quinoa is the seed of a plant related to spinach, chard, beets. Lots of people eat it with no trouble at all, a few seem very allergic to it and have severe gastrointestinal reactions to it.

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My comments on it....

Quinoa is a seed, the plant wants the seed to survive... you want to eat it. The seeds have a bitter saponin coating. I would proceed with caution if you've not eaten much before.

1) Soak them overnight to remove the saponins, even if the label says pre-rinsed, the discomfort avoided will be worth the effort.

2) Stick with the white ones (at first), red quinoa seems to give more GI problems

3) If the quinoa passes through & you still want include it in your diet, consider grinding, after soaking & re-drying.

Since quinoa is related to spinach & chard it has high oxalic acid levels...might be a problem to some.

When you do try some.... don't "overdose" at first (like a giant bowl full), go easy on the serving size.

As with any food, it you tolerate it well and it works for you, eat it. Now that I've gone "grain free", bread & corn chips give me a stomach ache but rice seems ok. I'm not super active so I really don't need a lot of carbs.

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