Why is quinoa getting a free pass?

A day doesn’t pass that I don’t see some new “healthy” recipe for quinoa, or a dietitian or nutritionist gushing about the health benefits of this seed. Many make the claim that quinoa is high in protein and is gluten-free. Clearly, the gluten-free movement is fueling some of this excitement over  this seed. But how much truth are there in these claims? And just how healthy is quinoa as a replacement for grains? Let’s tackle these claims one by one: Quinoa is not a grain and is gluten-free This is absolutely true. While all grains, or seeds of grasses, are members of the family Poaceae, quinoa is not; it is a member of the family Amaranthaceae that includes spinach, beets, and some ornamental shrubs. It therefore does not have the gluten proteins of wheat, rye, or barley, nor anything resembling the zein protein of corn nor the avenin of oats. From this perspective, quinoa is therefore safe for people, for instance, with celiac disease. Quinoa is high in protein I have always been puzzled by this popular claim. The claim of “high” is relative, of course. Quinoa contains 14 grams protein per 100 grams total weight. Wheat contains 14-18 grams, oats 16.9 grams, though barley contains 9.9 grams and millet 11 grams. So quinoa is middling if grains are the comparator. Quinoa is healthy No question: quinoa lacks the worst aspects of wheat and its brethren grains, such as the gliadin protein that initiates autoimmune diseases and, upon p...
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