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Do I eat Quinoa?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 14, 2011 at 9:47 AM

I've just started the whole Paleo/Primal diet and I was searching for something to substitute my rice consumption (being asian it was pretty high). I found quinoa and heard good things about it but online the opinions really vary. Is it okay to eat quinoa on a regular basis or should I only eat it occaisonally?

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on May 14, 2013
at 08:29 AM

http://www.glutenfreegigi.com/questionable-quninoa-perfect-plant-protein-or-poison/

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on May 14, 2013
at 08:18 AM

I eat it too. If it is washed and soaked (really washed to get rid of saponins) it is a good source of minerals and some vitamins. Gets a wider range of minerals in the body than sticking to cauli rice http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/10352/2 compare 100 grams of quinoa to 100 grams of other veg and it isn't bad. Ok, no vitamin C or A but lots of magnesium etc. Lots of protein too....

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on November 03, 2011
at 04:48 AM

I don't buy that it's rid of the saponins. Quinoa gives me a horrific belly ache, even when I soak it myself for a day or two. Buckwheat doesn't do that and neither does rice. Pass.

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on November 03, 2011
at 12:16 AM

95% of the quinoa sold is already washed and rid of its saponins. I do NOT understand why this keeps coming up as in issue. I eat it on occasion and while I don't think it's paleo per se it's no less paleo than rice IMO.

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on November 03, 2011
at 12:08 AM

Yes, I was going to suggest this as well. Cauliflower is great for curries, etc.

2c8c421cf0e0c462654c7dc37f8b9711

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on August 19, 2011
at 10:49 AM

But meat can be eaten raw and is still nutritious, cream is a food (not indigestible plant matter) before you churn it into butter, and you can eat many fish bone-in (although probably not raw AND bone-in). The difference is that grains are harmful before processing, while the foods you mentioned are benign before processing and become delicious after it.

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on August 19, 2011
at 12:59 AM

Nemesis that's not the best argument.... butter has to be churned, meat cooked (for 99% of people), and fish gutted. All of that is more processing than soaking and rinsing.

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

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on August 15, 2011
at 05:12 AM

Mmm I love califlower riced, mashed, or roasted! I can eat a cup of it with dinner and walk away feeling very full like I indulged but knowing it's really okay.

32937bdb4caf053e7aa39693fadd2282

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on August 15, 2011
at 03:37 AM

haha yeah he calls it "junk food" in a podcast with chris kresser and robb wolf. shits hella funny

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on August 14, 2011
at 08:54 PM

Matt LaLonde says no way to Quinoa......

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on August 14, 2011
at 05:16 PM

I love caulirice. Love! White rice makes my blood sugar crazy so that's just not an option for me. I buy two head of cauliflower every single week and 1 gets riced and 1 gets mashed. Heaven!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on August 14, 2011
at 04:48 PM

Quinoa pales in comparison to Paleo food sources. Plus, saponins like Lizzish mentioned. Anything that has to be soaked and rinsed in order to be rendered edible is not something I want to put in my body.

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on August 14, 2011
at 01:53 PM

Quinoa in its natural state has a coating of bitter-tasting saponins, making it unpalatable. Most quinoa sold commercially in North America has been processed to remove this coating.

2c8c421cf0e0c462654c7dc37f8b9711

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on August 14, 2011
at 11:49 AM

Better than rice perhaps, but it can't even come close to quality meat and vegetables.

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on August 14, 2011
at 11:37 AM

quinoa is pretty good as far as nutrition goes

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on August 14, 2011
at 11:26 AM

If you really miss rice and want something to go well with stir frys etc, Try cauliflower rice! Pulse cauliflower in your food processor until it's rice or couscous-like. Fry it in a pan or steam it and voila! :-) takes some time to get used to, I guess but it's an awesome alternative and super low-carb.

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

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on August 15, 2011
at 05:12 AM

Mmm I love califlower riced, mashed, or roasted! I can eat a cup of it with dinner and walk away feeling very full like I indulged but knowing it's really okay.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on August 14, 2011
at 05:16 PM

I love caulirice. Love! White rice makes my blood sugar crazy so that's just not an option for me. I buy two head of cauliflower every single week and 1 gets riced and 1 gets mashed. Heaven!

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on November 03, 2011
at 12:08 AM

Yes, I was going to suggest this as well. Cauliflower is great for curries, etc.

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2c8c421cf0e0c462654c7dc37f8b9711

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on August 14, 2011
at 10:49 AM

Quinoa contains saponins, which can damage the gut lining. Neither quinoa nor rice is very nutritious, just looking from a vitamin/mineral standpoint. I would suggest rethinking how you eat and focusing on quality protein (grass-fed/wild-caught), veggies, and healthy fats. Rice or a rice substitute isn't necessary on a regular basis.

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on August 14, 2011
at 11:37 AM

quinoa is pretty good as far as nutrition goes

2c8c421cf0e0c462654c7dc37f8b9711

(2729)

on August 14, 2011
at 11:49 AM

Better than rice perhaps, but it can't even come close to quality meat and vegetables.

Cd92e126d91b5b7be236edc19e176392

(15)

on August 14, 2011
at 01:53 PM

Quinoa in its natural state has a coating of bitter-tasting saponins, making it unpalatable. Most quinoa sold commercially in North America has been processed to remove this coating.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on August 14, 2011
at 04:48 PM

Quinoa pales in comparison to Paleo food sources. Plus, saponins like Lizzish mentioned. Anything that has to be soaked and rinsed in order to be rendered edible is not something I want to put in my body.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on August 19, 2011
at 12:59 AM

Nemesis that's not the best argument.... butter has to be churned, meat cooked (for 99% of people), and fish gutted. All of that is more processing than soaking and rinsing.

2c8c421cf0e0c462654c7dc37f8b9711

(2729)

on August 19, 2011
at 10:49 AM

But meat can be eaten raw and is still nutritious, cream is a food (not indigestible plant matter) before you churn it into butter, and you can eat many fish bone-in (although probably not raw AND bone-in). The difference is that grains are harmful before processing, while the foods you mentioned are benign before processing and become delicious after it.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on November 03, 2011
at 12:16 AM

95% of the quinoa sold is already washed and rid of its saponins. I do NOT understand why this keeps coming up as in issue. I eat it on occasion and while I don't think it's paleo per se it's no less paleo than rice IMO.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on November 03, 2011
at 04:48 AM

I don't buy that it's rid of the saponins. Quinoa gives me a horrific belly ache, even when I soak it myself for a day or two. Buckwheat doesn't do that and neither does rice. Pass.

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on August 14, 2011
at 10:19 AM

I can't speak from personal experience as I do not follow this but I'm fairly sure that there are plenty of paleo eaters that still eat white rice as it's considered less offensive than any gluten/phytic acid-containing grains. As for a plain starch I believe it's considered fairly innocuous, unlike quinoa.

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on August 14, 2011
at 10:02 AM

I used to eat it a lot, but noticed it gave me a bit of skin problems. As it's a seed making itself look like a grain, it does contain quite some phytic acid. Soaking it might be a good idea.

A better idea than quinoa : sweet potatoes.

Oh, and welcome to the paleo community :).

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32937bdb4caf053e7aa39693fadd2282

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on August 14, 2011
at 05:47 PM

You eat carbs for the calories and muscle glycogen repletion not their micronutrient profile. Just eat white rice potatoes or sweet potatoes.

Check out the perfect health diet or stephen guyenets series on potatoes and human health.

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on August 14, 2011
at 11:41 AM

I personally hate quinoa after being poisoned by it in my raw food days. Its nutrition content isn't too bad so its probably not the worst food you can eat. Personally I would go for tubers/fruit over quinoa maybe some rice or buckwheat if you need the grains for a specific dish.

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on November 03, 2011
at 12:39 AM

Quinoa contains saponins ( a natural SOAP), which can damage your intestinal villi.

Quinoa, not to put too fine of a point on it, give me more flatulence than any other known plant. And I love eating plants, and have tried most of them prepared in many ways.

Protein profile is useless to me, as I really can't digest the stuff.

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on November 03, 2011
at 12:00 AM

I have never been able to figure out why Quinoa isn't on the "list" of usual Paleo foods. Quinoa is a nutrient dense food, it's chalk full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals (riboflavin, calcium, vitamin E, iron, folic acid, etc etc). It's gluten free, it's not a grain, it's actually a fruit from a plant called broadleaf. It's one of the only plant based complete proteins too. We eat it ...

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on May 14, 2013
at 08:18 AM

I eat it too. If it is washed and soaked (really washed to get rid of saponins) it is a good source of minerals and some vitamins. Gets a wider range of minerals in the body than sticking to cauli rice http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/10352/2 compare 100 grams of quinoa to 100 grams of other veg and it isn't bad. Ok, no vitamin C or A but lots of magnesium etc. Lots of protein too....

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on May 13, 2013
at 10:41 PM

Jill,

I guess if you had TONS of ANY PROTEIN-containing food, you would probably become intolerant to that food. I eat quinoa occasionally only, and find it very easy to digest.

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on May 14, 2013
at 08:29 AM

http://www.glutenfreegigi.com/questionable-quninoa-perfect-plant-protein-or-poison/

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on June 11, 2012
at 09:32 PM

Back in my vegetarian days I ate tons of quinoa. For about two years I had horrible digestive issues and could not figure out the cause. I stopped eating it about two months prior to going paleo...just lost my taste for it. So many of my issues went away once it was out of my diet.

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on June 11, 2012
at 07:33 PM

Most quinoa come pre washed and rid of the saponins. Quinoa is also high in fiber, iron, and protein. Eating a cup of Quinoa is equivalent of eating 5 bananas and also quinoa is right on par with a banana on the glycemix index (banana 58 and quinoa 53).

Plus they say quinoa is a whole grain for sales purposes only.

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on August 17, 2011
at 06:01 PM

Cauliflower- throw it into a food processor, quickly blanch it, and then roast/fry it. I use it for stir-frying, and curries. I really don't notice the difference.

Also, spaghetti squash (I'm italian so I have to throw that in there!) Chop the squash in half, cut out the middle, and put it in the oven. You should be able to get spaghetti/shoestring pieces from it that go well with stir-fries, meatballs and sauce, etc.

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on August 14, 2011
at 06:34 PM

Eat Buckwheat - it's as paleo as can be.

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on August 14, 2011
at 05:08 PM

Paul Jaminet covers this topic here.

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on December 04, 2011
at 09:15 PM

The saponins are a none issue. Lots of foods have to be washed before they are suitable to be consumed.

The suggestion of potatoes over quinoa? Not a good Idea. The glycemic index of potatoes is 93. Potatoes are NOT good for you! To give you an idea: Soft drinks such as pepsi have a GI of 67.

It isn???t as simple as weather something is a grain or is high carb. The glycemic index or how fast the sugars in that food go into your blood are critical in preventing the damage that the insulogenic effect that food has.

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