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Is quinoa ok to eat while in ketosis?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 08, 2012 at 1:52 AM

I've heard that quinoa is high in carbs but if you sprout it, it uses most of the carbs to do so, therefore converting the seed(carb) into a vegetable. Is that true?

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on June 08, 2012
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Wow, that sounds good. Cauliflower is the next frontier I need to explore.

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Poor choice of words, I edited my answer for clarity.... Starch gets hydrolized and so the number of reducing sugars and total soluble sugars increases while the amount of storage carbohydrate decreases. The starch breakdown has also been found to be due to an increase in the amylase activity in respiration metabolism during germination

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Poor choice of words, I edited my answer for clarity.... Starch gets hydrolized and so the number of reducing sugars and total soluble sugars increases while the amount of storage carbohydrate. Also, the starch breakdown has also been found due to an increase in the amylase activity in respiration metabolism during germination

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I chose a poor choice of words.... Starch gets hydrolized and so the number of reducing sugars and total soluble sugars increases while the amount of storage carbohydrates

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What's the mechanism for increasing carbohydrate content in those grains? I've seen other claims that starch hydrolysis increases carbohydrate content, but that doesn't make sense. The number of monosaccharide units will not change. Just curious.

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on June 08, 2012
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This is most likely inaccurate. We cannot say with absolute certainty because I don't believe there has been any peer-reviewed research that looks at the effects of germination on the carbohydrate content of quinoa.

However, germination has been shown to increase the reducing sugars and total soluble sugars content of amaranth, buckwheat, millet, rice, and sorghum. The amount of storage starch is decreased however.

http://cerealchemistry.aaccnet.org/doi/abs/10.1094/CCHEM-01-11-0008?journalCode=cchem

So to answer your question, quinoa will take you out of ketosis.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on June 08, 2012
at 03:00 PM

Poor choice of words, I edited my answer for clarity.... Starch gets hydrolized and so the number of reducing sugars and total soluble sugars increases while the amount of storage carbohydrate decreases. The starch breakdown has also been found to be due to an increase in the amylase activity in respiration metabolism during germination

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on June 08, 2012
at 02:55 PM

I chose a poor choice of words.... Starch gets hydrolized and so the number of reducing sugars and total soluble sugars increases while the amount of storage carbohydrates

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on June 08, 2012
at 11:16 AM

What's the mechanism for increasing carbohydrate content in those grains? I've seen other claims that starch hydrolysis increases carbohydrate content, but that doesn't make sense. The number of monosaccharide units will not change. Just curious.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on June 08, 2012
at 02:59 PM

Poor choice of words, I edited my answer for clarity.... Starch gets hydrolized and so the number of reducing sugars and total soluble sugars increases while the amount of storage carbohydrate. Also, the starch breakdown has also been found due to an increase in the amylase activity in respiration metabolism during germination

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on June 08, 2012
at 06:57 AM

Skip the quinoa as it will take you out of ketosis. Instead, grate a head of cauliflower and fry it with coconut oil and curry powder. It's delicious... Add salt and pepper to taste. If you like, add a bit of coconut milk for a creamier consistency.

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on June 08, 2012
at 03:00 PM

Wow, that sounds good. Cauliflower is the next frontier I need to explore.

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