Quinoa or quinua (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.), a highly nutritious food, is an ancient super grain that came originally from the Andes region of South America. Although it is cooked like a grain, botanically it is actually a seed.
The quinoa seed is high in protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron, a relatively good source of vitamin E and several of the B vitamins. It is famous because it contains a perfect balance of all eight essential amino acids needed for tissue development in humans. The protein quality and quantity in quinoa is superior to those of more common cereal and it is higher in lysine than wheat.
Quinoa is gluten free and easy to digest so it is ideal for those with wheat and gluten intolerances. The fiber in the quinoa makes it useful for cleaning the intestines and prevents cardiovascular system problems. It is also good for people with imbalanced blood sugar control and athletes or anyone who exercises regularly.
NASA has published that the space program is using Quinoa. So if astronauts consume it, why don’t we? This can be easily cooked so you can eat it hot or cold and can be used as substitute of rice.