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If you haven’t quite figured out how to say the word quinoa yet, it’s technically pronounced KEEN-wah. And if you’re not exactly sure what quinoa is you’re not alone. Unlike plant foods we often see growing in nature, like an avocado tree, or a cornfield, it’s unfamiliar, but quinoa has exploded in popularity, and it’s here to stay. Here are four facts you should know about this trending superfood.

ALL ABOUT QUINOA

1. QUINOA IS HIGH IN PROTEIN

There are 9 essential amino acids and quinoa is one of the only grains that contains all 9. This makes it a complete protein.   Quinoa contains the amount of protein of one egg or an ounce of other animal protein such as chicken or fish.

2: QUINOA IS INCREDIBLY NUTRIENT RICH

Quinoa is a super food! It contains a bountiful amount of vitamins and minerals.  It is especially high in B-vitamins.  Soaking the quinoa in water before cooking allows the most nutritious benefits to be released during consumption.

3: QUINOA IS GLUTEN FREE

Many people with celiac disease and those who follow gluten free diets enjoy quinoa frequently.  It has more nutritional benefits than other rice or grains which makes it very popular. 

3: QUINOA MAY HELP PREVENT CHRONIC DISEASE

Quinoa is high in antioxidents which lead to disease prevention.  It is heart healthy and can help reduce blood pressure levels and lower cholesterol.