Quinoa is a whole grain that is rapidly growing in popularity because of its several health benefits. Quinoa is a herbaceous annual plant grown for its edible seeds. The seeds of this flowering are rich in protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, and dietary minerals. Quinoa has a high fiber content as compared with other grains. Here are some tips for you whenever you go to buy some quinoa whether in bulk or in small quantities.
1. Colour of quinoa: The color of quinoa doesn’t make any difference in its nutritional value, so you can pick whatever color you want. Quinoa comes in three colors –White, red, and black. They all are pretty much the same, so you can go with the one that suits your taste the best. White quinoa is the least bitter of the three and red and black have a chewier texture which supports the best in salads.
2. Pre-rinsed: Quinoa is quoted with a protective layer, which is also known as saponins. This coating Quinoa contains a somewhat bitter-tasting compound that helps to keep the insects away without any need for pesticides. Eating saponins won’t hurt you but its bitter taste will make you want to toss your fluffy bowl of quinoa. Manufacturers remove saponins by rinsing quinoa with water before consumption. Therefore always buy pre-rinsed quinoa to save yourself from the extra effort. It is easy to find out whether the quinoa is pre-rinsed or not as the label will say so.
3. Gluten-free: Quinoa is usually touted as a gluten-free grain but a study showed that 5 strains of quinoa found that two actually contained measurable levels of gluten. Most of the grocery stores are gluten-free but if you are intolerant to gluten, it is no harm in giving it a double-check.
4. Organic and non-GMO: Quinoa comes with built-in, bitter-tasting saponins which protect the seeds from insects. Therefore farmers don’t need to do much in the way of spraying to repel pests. Since quinoa is not a genetically modified grain, therefore all quinoa in its raw form is non-GMO.
5. Blending quinoa: Quinoa is crazy good for health and there is no harm in eating it every day. But you should be smart enough to make a room for other carbs too.
Where to buy it?
Quinoa is growing in popularity day by day and it is often sold in bulk in grocery stores and supermarkets. If there is a special gluten-free section in the market, go for it. Quinoa should be stored similarly to rice and dry grains.

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