Quinoa… a super food… or not?
One great food in Ecuador is quinoa. Merri and I eat a lot of fish and quinoa. In terms of fat content, quinoa is unlike most grains. For example, it takes 350 calories’ of whole wheat to provide 1 gram of fat. Quinoa on the other hand takes only 63 calories worth of quinoa to provide 1 gram of fat. Even better, approximately 25% of quinoa’s fatty acids come in the form of oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, and about 8% come in the form of alpha-linolenic acid or ALA—the omega-3 fatty acid most commonly found in plants and associated with decreased risk of inflammation-related disease.
Now there is a controversy about this! Read all about the controversy about Omega 3 here.