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QUINOA OR NOT?

Answered on April 17, 2017
Created March 26, 2017 at 11:29 PM

Just finished Robb Woods paleo book. In it he says firmly that quinoa is a grain and therefore a big no. But when I went looking for some recipes, many of them contain it and still declare "paleo." Which is it?! Eat it or dont??

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Thanks so much for clarification! Just starting out and am trying to stick as close to the original plan as possible. Thanks again!

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on March 27, 2017
at 03:44 PM

Don't eat it.  Some people cheat.  Not everything you see out there labeled "paleo" is.  There's no such thing as the "Paleo Police" or a "Paleo Certification Authority" and quite frankly I wouldn't want such things to exist.

Use your brain and decide for yourself.

Technically Quinoa isn't a grain, and I'm sure Robb Wolf has said that specifically, but you've read "similar to grain" and "has had a similar evolutionary path as grains" to mean it's a grain.  It's not.  Quinoa's antinutrients are saponins - soap like molecules that can punch microscopic holes in your gut and cause leaky gut (aka intestinal permeability).

(The same hole punching mechanism is true of GMO corn due to Bt)

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on April 10, 2017
at 07:26 PM

Well, you have decide for yourself. Quinoa is not grain but it is grain like. The antinutrient of Qunioa is Sopanin.

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on March 28, 2017
at 07:55 AM

I love quinoa and eat it a couple of times a week. Also buckwheat and varkous pulses. And feel great since re-introducing them to me diet. It is staill largely made up of veg,meat, fish, eggs and a little fruit with some nuts though.

 

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on March 27, 2017
at 04:28 PM

there are saponins in a lot of other foods. alfalfa sprouts for example.

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on April 17, 2017
at 10:29 AM

Just eat it on your cheat days. I eat a lot of green peas, string beans, and make buckwheat pancakes. I also eat a lot of rice (aged basmati). I occasionnaly buy ready made meals which contain wheat or other undesirables (palm oil). If I had more time and more money, I would cook and eat 100% paleo or go to a paleo restaurant/take away, or pay someone to do the shopping and cooking for me. Right now, it is not feasible: I did some ratatouille in the slow cooker last week and it took me 2 hours to go the supermarket and the grocers for the ingredients, 2 hours to peel, slice and brown the vegs, all for a yield of 4 (large) meals, with added rice (cooked at the same time, in the rice steamer) and fish. Similarly, I have found a farmer which produces 100% pasture fed lamb and mutton: I am going to start buying from them, however I will still have to buy meat from the supermarket, to save money and time (I have to arrange for the meat box to be delivered to me at work, then have to carry it home travelling on 2 different buses!).

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on April 12, 2017
at 08:00 PM

OK, let us try again. There are saponins in a lot of foods, for example shellfish. Perhaps, Ray, you think that plants are paleo only after they have started their own photosynthesis? It is a tenable position, but be clear. Varios bean and pea leaves, as well as amaranth leaves (a grain) are a very nutritious green, and most definitely paleo. Quinoa, BTW, is the same family as spinach and chard and amaranth.

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on March 28, 2017
at 01:13 PM

@glib who told you alfa-alfa is something fit for human consumption?  

It's part of the legume family and as such, not paleo.  It's also yet another GMO.

@andrew Feeling good when eating quinoa doesn't mean anything.  I felt great when I ate donuts a long time ago before developing celiac.

 

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