In a quest to find the world's healthiest foods, it would be nearly impossible to miss out on one of the best complete protein foods available: quinoa.
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a 7,000-year-old plant that originated in the mountainous regions of South America. While it is commonly known as an "ancient grain," quinoa is technically not a grain or cereal grain, but a seed, and does not contain gluten. After its explosive rise to the top of the worldwide eye on healthy nutrition, quinoa nutrition was recognized by the United Nations in 2013 as a potential factor in "eradicating hunger, malnutrition, and poverty." Because quinoa has a broad nutritional profile and is easy and inexpensive to cultivate, the UN declared 2013 the "Year of Quinoa".
Whether you're searching for a quality gluten-free carbohydrate, or just interested in why quinoa is the subject of so much hype, you'll be excited to see what it can do for you. The nutritional profile of quinoa is impressive by itself, but some of the best parts about quinoa nutrition aren't going to be obvious on a nutrition label.