Updated 19 February 2013

Is quinoa a miracle food?

The ancient pseudograin quinoa has received much publicity lately as a "miracle food" because of its "remarkable" nutritional properties. DietDoc investigates.

Quinoa is getting a lot of publicity lately as a “Miracle Food”. Health gurus sing its praises and Health24 users are constantly asking me about the use and nutritional value of this ancient, but newly “discovered” food. In reaction to one of the latest queries where a user asked if she could use quinoa in a slimming diet, I decided to investigate the literature about quinoa and share my findings.

In the ancient civilisations of South America, quinoa was a valued staple food that was so highly regarded that is was deemed sacred. With the coming of the western Conquistadores who disliked the bitter taste of the seeds, quinoa was banned and it is only now after many centuries that we are "rediscovering" the nutritional value of this food.


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