Quinoa Labeled As New Super Food

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Blueberries, spinach, and salmon, there’s a new super food on the block. It looks kind of like rice, and dates back to ancient South America.

It’s got a funny name and is pronounced like “keen-wah.”

“A lot of people do not know about quinoa. And they pronounce it ‘quin-i-wa’. What is this ‘quin-a-wa’?” Nutritionist Sally Eisenberg said.

Foodies have known about quinoa for years, but now it’s going mainstream and is becoming a popular item in chain grocery stores.

“People are catching on, and it’s about time,” Eisenberg said.

She said quinoa is a unique, complete carbohydrate and a lot more.

“It’s also a whole protein, has all seven amino acids, which makes it just a super food,” Eisenberg said.

It has the same kind of super-charged protein that’s found in meat and eggs, but in a healthier form.

“I think this is great if it has all the proteins in it,” Phillipa Martin said.

Quinoa is also loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber, which is especially good for dieters to keep you fuller longer.

“It’s sort of a one stop shop,” Eisenberg said.

Quinoa is sold with other grains like rice, and now there’s even a quinoa pasta.

“You’re going to love the way this tastes. You’re going to love how quickly it cooks. It’s versatile. It’s easy, and it’s a staple that your whole family will enjoy,” Eisenberg said.

It tastes like a nutty, bland rice that takes on the flavor of whatever you mix with it. One thing to watch out for is its 172 calories, in a quarter cup.


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  • Mon River Towing

    Been eating quinoa for 3 years. Its still hard to find at grocery stores. Worth every penny!

  • nane

    Been eating quinoa for a few years. Versatile in soups, salads, on it’s own. Find it in local Amish stores in bulk.

  • M

    I’ve been wondering where to buy this?
    Also in this superfoods cateory is Seitan and freekah. My spelling could be off though! It’s on Doctor Oz’s website if you’re interested. I live in Butler, Pa and would love to try all this!

    • Anne

      The Giant Eagle by me was carrying it, in with the other organics, even before they built the big new store. If the one near you isn’t carrying it already, they should be able to get it for you.

  • chirag

    uhh… there are 8 essential amino acids (not produced by the body) and 16 other amino acids produced by the body. Where do they come up with “All seven amino acids”? Still looks like a promising product…. guess like Soy.

  • Anna

    I think you cook it like rice.

  • Gayle-Marie Bender-Tarowsky

    I’ve been eating quinoa for years. It’s great with breakfast with pineapple.

  • Keenwa

    There are various ways to prepare it, but you can bring 2 cups of water and 1 cup quinoa to a boil. Lower to a simmer for 10-15 min and you’re done.

    Notice that there are 172 calories in 1/4 cup DRY. When you cook it, it plumps and fluffs up. Mix it with other healthy ingredients, and you’ll be able to fill a bowl with a filling, nutritious meal for a reasonable amount of calories :)

  • jmbreity

    Calories??? Please realize that a 1/4 cup DRY, medium grain, brown rice is also 172 claories.

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