Red Quinoa Digestion

Answered on September 28, 2014
Created October 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Hey everyone,

So I have a bunch of red quinoa, I wash it two or three times before cooking it. I am an endurance athlete and I strength train so I eat a ton of carbs (quinoa, tubers, white rice). However, for whatever reason no matter how much I chew it, the red quinoa comes out in my bowels what looks like undigested seeds, quite a bit of them too.

Is there anything else I can do? Soak them overnight...rinse them more..eat them differently?

Would appreciate some help. I had this problem a bit with white pre-washed quinoa but not to the same extent.

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on October 25, 2013
at 04:42 PM

If you want to eat them but retain their normal appearance, I would suggest soaking them overnight. I don't think chewing is the issue, their cooked consistency & size makes chewing less than effective. (kinda like chia seed, they're impossible to chew)

They're "designed" to be unpalatable & indigestible, so smac's suggestion of grinding is a way around it.

Soaking overnight will help remove the saponins. Most quinoa sold says its been rinsed to remove the saponins but since time & processing is money, I wonder how much this can be depended upon? I'd guess the washing is same for all quinoa, but the red is more problematic?

Some people have very unfortunate reactions to eating quinoa and more so with red quinoa. Looks like the OP merely fails to digest it. Perhaps the red quinoa is "more visible" or more indigestible?

imo if something is this difficult to deal with... I'd look elsewhere for my carbs.

There are research papers on preparing near gluten free bread from specially selected & prepared flours and then "fermenting" with selected bacteria... a lot work.

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on October 25, 2013
at 03:47 PM

Grind it. Of course I'd tell you that maybe your body wasn't meant to eat something that passes through undigested, but that is a different issue. Sometimes the body is smarter than the brain.



on September 28, 2014
at 09:48 PM

I would suggest to stop eat it. Why would you eat something what passes through you undigested. There is a reason why paleo excludes grains. They are not good for humans to eat. If you need to eat higher amount of carbs try white rice or potatoes. 

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