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Short Facts: Quinoa

Quinoa has been cultivated in South America for over six millennia and was sacred to the Incas. No wonder, because the tasty quinoa seeds are full to bursting with important nutrients. Just 50 g supplies approx. 4 mg of iron – that is more than with wheat.

Also known as the “rice of the Incas”, quinoa provides many valuable minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc and numerous B vitamins, which are important for the regulation of metabolism. With the amino acids lysine, tryptophan and cysteine, quinoa also provides us with vital protein building blocks that are missing in other cereals.

Some more good news: Quinoa is gluten-free, contains complex carbohydrates, but is comparatively low in calories.