QUINOA

OTHER NAME(S):

Ajara, Arroz del Perú, Chenopodium quinoa, Mjölmålla, Petit Riz, Quingua, Quinua, Reismelde, Riz du Pérou.

Overview

Overview Information

Quinoa is a grain crop. It contains high amounts of protein and no gluten compared to other grain crops.

People take quinoa by mouth for celiac disease, high levels of blood fats called triglycerides, as an insect repellent, for pain, urinary tract infections, and weight loss.

In foods, quinoa is used to make flour, soups, and beer.

How does it work?

Eating quinoa might make people feel fuller than wheat or rice. Eating quinoa might also decrease post-meal levels of blood fats called triglycerides compared to eating bread.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of quinoa for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

It isn’t known if quinoa is safe or what the possible side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of quinoa during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for QUINOA Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of quinoa depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for quinoa. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Berti C, Riso P, Brusamolino A, Porrini M. Effect on appetite control of minor cereal and pseudocereal products. Br J Nutr 2005;94(5):850-858. View abstract.
  • Berti C, Riso P, Monti LD, Porrini M. In vitro starch digestibility and in vivo glucose response of gluten-free foods and their gluten counterparts. Eur J Nutr 2004;43(4):198-204. View abstract.
  • Bhargava A, Shukla S, Ohri D. Chenopodium quinoa-An Indian perspective. Industrial Crops Prod. 2006;23(2006):73-87.
  • Dijkstra DS, Linnemann AR, van Boekel TA. Towards sustainable production of protein-rich foods: appraisal of eight crops for Western Europe. PART II: Analysis of the technological aspects of the production chain. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 2003;43(5):481-506. View abstract.
  • Gonzalez JA, Roldan A, Gallardo M, Escudero T, Prado FE. Quantitative determinations of chemical compounds with nutritional value from Inca crops: Chenopodium quinoa ('quinoa'). Plant Foods Hum Nutr 1989;39(4):331-337. View abstract.
  • Linnemann, A. R. and Dijkstra, D. S. Toward sustainable production of protein-rich foods: appraisal of eight crops for Western Europe. Part I. Analysis of the primary links of the production chain. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 2002;42(4):377-401. View abstract.
  • López de Romaña G, Graham GG, Rojas M, MacLean WC Jr. [Digestibility and protein quality of quinua: comparative study of quinua (Chenopodium Quinoa) seed and flour in children]. Arch Latinoam Nutr 1981;31(3):485-497. View abstract.
  • Ma WW, Heinstein PF, McLaughlin JL. Additional toxic, bitter saponins from the seeds of Chenopodium quinoa. J Nat Prod 1989;52(5):1132-1135. View abstract.
  • Ruales J, de Grijalva Y, Lopez-Jaramillo P, Nair BM. The nutritional quality of an infant food from quinoa and its effect on the plasma level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in undernourished children. Int J Food Sci Nutr 2002;53(2):143-154. View abstract.
  • Berti C, Riso P, Brusamolino A, Porrini M. Effect on appetite control of minor cereal and pseudocereal products. Br J Nutr 2005;94(5):850-858. View abstract.
  • Berti C, Riso P, Monti LD, Porrini M. In vitro starch digestibility and in vivo glucose response of gluten-free foods and their gluten counterparts. Eur J Nutr 2004;43(4):198-204. View abstract.
  • Bhargava A, Shukla S, Ohri D. Chenopodium quinoa-An Indian perspective. Industrial Crops Prod. 2006;23(2006):73-87.
  • Dijkstra DS, Linnemann AR, van Boekel TA. Towards sustainable production of protein-rich foods: appraisal of eight crops for Western Europe. PART II: Analysis of the technological aspects of the production chain. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 2003;43(5):481-506. View abstract.
  • Gonzalez JA, Roldan A, Gallardo M, Escudero T, Prado FE. Quantitative determinations of chemical compounds with nutritional value from Inca crops: Chenopodium quinoa ('quinoa'). Plant Foods Hum Nutr 1989;39(4):331-337. View abstract.
  • Linnemann, A. R. and Dijkstra, D. S. Toward sustainable production of protein-rich foods: appraisal of eight crops for Western Europe. Part I. Analysis of the primary links of the production chain. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 2002;42(4):377-401. View abstract.
  • López de Romaña G, Graham GG, Rojas M, MacLean WC Jr. [Digestibility and protein quality of quinua: comparative study of quinua (Chenopodium Quinoa) seed and flour in children]. Arch Latinoam Nutr 1981;31(3):485-497. View abstract.
  • Ma WW, Heinstein PF, McLaughlin JL. Additional toxic, bitter saponins from the seeds of Chenopodium quinoa. J Nat Prod 1989;52(5):1132-1135. View abstract.
  • Ruales J, de Grijalva Y, Lopez-Jaramillo P, Nair BM. The nutritional quality of an infant food from quinoa and its effect on the plasma level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in undernourished children. Int J Food Sci Nutr 2002;53(2):143-154. View abstract.

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