What is Quinoa?
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) originated in the Andes Mountains of South America,where it has been an important food for over 5,000 years. It was grown by the Incacivilization, who held the crop to be sacred and dubbed it “the mother of all grains.”Quinoa is actually in the same family as spinach, even though it resembles rice andcous cous. It contains all essential amino acids and is nutrient rich. Despite all its virtues,quinoa remains a very overlooked food in American cooking.
Here are a few of the health building nutrients found in one serving of cooked quinoa:
Complete vegetable protein: contains a balanced amount of all amino acids
High protein content (12-18%)
Excellent source of magnesium
Loaded with iron (15%)
Full of calcium: one cup of quinoa contains more calcium than one cup of milk
Magnesium prevents the constriction and rebounddilation characteristic of blood vessels during a migraine.
risk of high blood pressure and heart attack. Magnesium also relaxes muscles andblood vessels, which lowers blood pressure
Quinoa is a probiotic that feeds the good bacteria (micro
Quinoa is full of Manganese, which contains antioxidants thatrid your body of dangerous disease-causing substances
natural resources. It pollutes the water and air with chemicals, antibiotics, and pathogens.This contributes to global warming, acid rain, and dead zones in oceans. It degrades anderodes the land while decreasing biodiversity. Americans eat the most meat per capitain the world, in amounts well above USDA recommendations. Livestock production isestimated to double by 2050, largely as the developing world catches up to our standards.The solution is simple, substitute delicious alternatives such as quinoa for part of your meatdiet and you can help solve the most pressing environmental issues we face today.
Who Are We?
Our mission is to inspire healthy eatingwhile reducing the impact of food choiceson the environment. “Quinoa Cookbook:
and Planet” will inform the reader of
and environmental impacts, and most
The recipes and cooking tips will besubmitted by celebrity, local, and amateur chefs. All proceeds from the sales andmarketing of the book will be donated tocharity to further these goals.
Why Is This Important?
Americans consume more meat andsugar than is recommended by healthguidelines, while eating drastically fewer fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Thisimbalanced diet is causing obesity andweight-related illnesses such as Type 2Diabetes at an alarming rate while exactingan enormous toll on those suffering and
more land, fossil fuels and fresh water thanwould be required by a healthy one. As our population grows and the world begins toeat more like Americans, these problemswill almost certainly become much worseunless we take action now. Foods likequinoa that taste great and deliver highamounts of protein and nutrients per serving offer the world a brighter future.
How Can You Help?
Show your interest in our cookbook,include quinoa in your diet and spread the
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