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    I know it's not primal and I understand that it's high in carbs and whatnot, but that's not what I'm concerned about. Is it as bad as other grains in terms of anti-nutrients? From what I know, it is at least very digestible.


    Thanks.

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    i personally did an experiment and they made me very sick and constipated....but i was overdoing it on purpose...I experiment a lot. If it makes you happy its a better choice than soda or other junk obviously. I personally feel better with no grains at all. Just try to figure out what works for you. If it doen&#39;t seem to spike your blood sugar as much as others it might be a good alternative.

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      I&#39;ve read that is is the least toxic of the grains even though quinoa is actually not a grain. It is high in carbs, provides "complete" protein, and vitamins and minerals but does have some anti-nutrients and whatnot.


      I suppose the question you need to ask yourself is why you want to eat it? For the carbs, for the protein?, or for the vitamins and minerals? or for some other reason?


      There are other foods that can provide your needed nutrients without the anti-nutrients of quinoa.


      I suppose once you ask yourself why you want to eat quinoa? Then you may better access the risk vs benefit of eating it.

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        For the carbs. The complete proteins are a plus, but I don&#39;t really rely on plants for it.


        And it&#39;s practical. It&#39;s affordable, doesn&#39;t go bad so I can buy it in bulk, easy to sprout, easy to cook, tastes good...


        What are the risks of eating such innocent looking seed or grain or whatever it is?

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          As I understand it, main issues are the carbs and phytic acid.


          Since carbs are not the issue for you, the phytic acid can be mitigated by soaking for several hours (if that is what you consider easy to cook).


          If carbs are what you are after, potatoes may be a better alternative and if you go with sweet potatoes you get some vitamins and minerals thrown in for free. And they are affordable, don&#39;t go bad easily so you could buy in bulk, easy to cook (since you don&#39;t have to soak), and taste good too

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            I was told that it was the "least evil" of the grains/seeds.

            I&#39;d suggest soaking or sprouting it though.


            Spuds spoil easier than grains though - or at least they do in my house!

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              Search the site, Raphael. Mark has addressed this, as have forum posters.


              Long story short is that quinoa is a grain, even if not of the "real" grain family taxonomically. Like buckwheat.


              Insofar as Grokking it, it&#39;s no different than other grains except it has complete protein. All the carbs, lectins, and Omega 6&#39;s.

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                Yeah I do soak it for 24 hours at least. It sprouts very quickly. I eat lots of sweet potatoes too. =] That, quinoa and banana are my carb staples.

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                  Question: If you take the quinoa and sprout it, then eat the sprouts is it then okay to eat? Is it now considered a plant? I figure if Raphael is doin it its probably okay. So does the conversion from seed to sprout remove all the antinutrients and phytic acid etc?

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                    I&#39;m also curious about sprouting! I used to love sprouts in my salad.

                    The more I see the less I know for sure.
                    -John Lennon

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                      Quinoa is a complete protein but that only means it contains the 8 essential amino acids. But according to the protein rating scale(forgot the name). The amino acid ratios are not at the optimal ratios for human development. As for the Quinoa classification. I am pretty sure it is a grain. I have seen some websites saying NO! its a seed....but duh grains are seeds...but obviously it is better. But like i said try it for yourself to see if it works for you. I definitely think its a great alternative and i personally like it more than rice. PLus it is still a complete protein ..rating scale aside so it is better....BUt if you are going to pay 5 dollars per pound of the stuff you might as well get some broccoli or something for 2$ a pound.

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                        lil_earthmomma, to sprout quinoa you just leave it in water over night. You can add some vinegar too, but I don&#39;t think it&#39;s necessary.


                        I&#39;ll just finish the last two bags I have and see what I&#39;ll do after. Chances are I&#39;m going to get really bored of it and find a new food I like.


                        Food is really pissing me off lately!

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                          Thanks Raphael, but I meant I am curious if sprouting makes a seed a vegetable...

                          The more I see the less I know for sure.
                          -John Lennon

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                            Yeah me too. Since the seed gave birth maybe it&#39;s not a seed anymore?

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                              There is more phytic acid in almonds than quinoa. It&#39;s the toxic saponins you have too "worry" about. Soaking gets rid of both phytic acid and saponins. It would seem vinegar helps. Quinoa is gluten free since it is not a grain. It is related to spinach.

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