Counting carbs for the diabetic diet quinoad

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An ancient grain that's undergoing a modern resurgance of

popularity, quinoa (pronounced 'keen-wah') is a healthy alternative

to many carbohydrates like rice or potatoes.

KEEN ON QUINOA

P

repared and used

just like rice but when

compared to rice in

terms of nutrional

value, iquinoa is ever

so slightly better for you.

Quinoa originated in the Andean

region of South America. Often referred

to as both an 'ancient grain' and 'queen

of grains', there is evidence that it was

domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago.

Archaeological evidence shows it could

have been part of pastoral herding as far

back as 7,000 years ago.

It's not obvious at first glance, but

quinoa is closely related to species such

as beetroot and spinach. Being a member

of the Amaranthaceae family, it is related

to and resembles another pseudocereal,

amaranth. Pseudocereals are so-called as

true cereals are from the grass family.

Quinoa is unusual as it's both high in

protein (around 14%), although it's not

as high as most beans and legumes yet

the protein content per 100 calories is

higher than that of brown rice, potatoes,

barley and millet. The only grains to beat

its protein content are wild rice and oats.

Unlike wheat or rice, quinoa is a complete

protein, containing all eight of the essential

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