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  •  My girlfriend has a gluten allergy (12+ / 0-)

    Quinoa is the only way she can eat any pastas, for instance.  She's been eating it for years.

    I'm not going to tell her to not eat something that is a staple of her dietary needs over this.

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    by wolverinethad on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:14:34 AM PST

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    •  excellent point (5+ / 0-)

      There are people with legitimate gluten allergies and intolerances who absolutely need to put their health first, but it makes me wonder, with "gluten-free" being the new flavor of the day in food/diet marketing, how much  increased quinoa consumption is due to people jumping on the latest food-fad bandwagon?

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      by puzzled on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:51:10 AM PST

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    •  Maybe Not (4+ / 0-)

      But maybe you two could investigate some other options together and let us know if you had success substituting bean or rice noodles for quinoa in your recipes.

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      by bink on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 11:15:58 AM PST

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      •  Bean or rice noodles are highly processed food (3+ / 0-)
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        products. Quinoa on the other hand is a whole food (seed actually) with many nutrients (including amino acids) which bean or rice noodles will not supply.

        Again, this is a complicated issue.

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          That is some good additional perspective. But I can't imagine that quinoa is nutritionally unique to the degree that essential nutritients it contains can't be provided by other foods.

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          by bink on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 11:29:27 AM PST

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          •  The thing that makes quinoa unique is that it is a (4+ / 0-)
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            complete protein. So for those seeking to reduce their meat consumption but have a fear of not getting enough protein quinoa is a plant-derived alternative unique in its nature. Rice combined with beans is also a complete protein. But to achieve this with one food source is unique. But on top of that, quinoa is rich in vitamins (especially B-2 or riboflavin), amino acids, and minerals (iron, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, potassium). It is also a good source of gluten-free fiber for those who need it, again, making it a very unique food source nutritionally.

            It's easy to see why so many people want to eat this stuff!

            •  I have taken to using quinoa (2+ / 0-)
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              in my black bean veggieburgers. Along with the beans, rolled oats and veggies. Gives that little bit of meaningful 'crunch' in a fried or grilled burger that the kids and grandkids love.

              Do use egg to help it adhere. Have a couple of Pekin ducks, they lay 2-4 eggs a day. Duck eggs are higher in albumin and protein than chicken eggs, so people who have food sensitivities can more likely prove allergic. I always ask before serving, sort of like when I use peanuts or peanut oil. At an informal get-together, you just might end up poisoning somebody! That's a bad thing... §;o)

              •  Joieau - duck eggs are very trendy (1+ / 0-)
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                by VClib on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:46:04 PM PST

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                •  I like 'em fine! (3+ / 0-)
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                  Spousal Unit won't touch 'em, and he's got those ducks so spoiled you can't believe it. Always been finicky. So far, only #1 grandson's girlfriend is bad allergic, but bad enough that I know to warn people.

                  I've found that if I whip the eggs with my immersion blender before cooking scrambled, omelet, etc. or baking, the albumin tends to break down more. Add a little milk when blending, it helps. There's no cure for protein, and duck eggs are packed! Thicker, harder shells than chicken eggs, they're good for 6 weeks once refrigerated. And are actually better digestible when they're older.

                  Got those yellow peeps for our youngest grandkids last Easter, figured I might be lucky and have one live long enough to be a good watch-critter for chickens. Now I don't need chickens (more duck eggs than anybody needs), and the ducks think they're dogs. Because they have dog guardians, I guess. They're really great fun, we're installing a pond now (it never ends...).

      •  Or even corn, as much as I hate to mention it. (0+ / 0-)

        I went gluten free for a few months and didn't like the quinoa pastas so looked for some other options. I did find a variety made with corn that I liked very much. It still had the bite that I like from traditional pasta.

        •  What's helped my household stay gluten free (1+ / 0-)
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          Is adding tapioca flour to rice flour, for baking. The tapioca flour offers some needed consistency.

          I usually I add about one fourth the amount of tapioca flour to the amount of rice flour. If I go overboard with it, it ends up too spongy.

          I never liked Quinoa. Based on all the information here on this topic abt its nutrition, maybe I should try it. But then based on all the information about how its hurting people in Peru, maybe I shouldn't?

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          by Truedelphi on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:11:06 PM PST

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    •  Whoa. Quinoa pasta! (1+ / 0-)
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      I do grind my own grain/beans and make my own pastas (and herbs to include). Never thought about quinoa. My grinder didn't do well with amaranth (seeds too small), but quinoa is a bit larger. Might work...

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