Kinwa or Quinoa

by Jennifer

Kinwa or Quinoa - what is the nutritional value? Is it a grain? Can I give it to my son who has celiac disease?

Jennifer, thank you for writing. For our readers who do not know, Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. (info taken from the NDDIC site).

Quinoa (pronounced kinwa) is a species of goosefoot, is a grain-like crop grown for its seeds. It is a pseudo-cereal rather than a true cereal. it is not a grain. Quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds.

Quinoa has become highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (12%–18%).

Quinoa is gluten free.

Check out the Quinoa page on this site for more information and recipes.

I hope this helps. Keep checking in on us to see what's new and delicious!

Happiness & Joy!


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