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The Year of Quinoa

By / January 30th, 2013

“There will be world attention on the role that quinoa´s biodiversity and nutritional value play, in providing food security and nutrition, and contributing to the eradication of poverty.” – United Nations


In alignment with the United Nations’ objective for 2013, we’d like to focus our attention on the role that quinoa´s biodiversity and nutritional value plays in providing food security and nutrition, and the eradication of poverty.


Did you know? Quinoa is the only plant food that contains all essential amino acids, is high in vitamins and contains no gluten! 

This ancient seed is truly becoming the ‘grain of the future’. Gluten-free, wheat-free and nutrient-packed, quinoa is ideal for everyone and can be eaten guilt-free with the knowledge that it’s cholesterol and trans fat-free. It is not only versatile and delicious, the nutritional benefits are strikingly rich. Quinoa is high in manganese, iron, potassium, B vitamins and powerful antioxidants (which help reduce inflammation) and is a good source of magnesium which is commonly deficient in the American diet. Additionally, quinoa is a good source of both heart healthy mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.


Preparing quinoa is a snap; simply rinse in cold water, place in water or stock, bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes. Click here for some fun and healthy recipes! 


Quinoa Harvest


Not only is quinoa great for you, it’s great for those who produce it. This is one of the few imports that truly has a promising opportunity where exponential market growth could be the solution to eradicate poverty in one of the poorest locations on the globe, but only if this demand is met with a sustainably provided supply. So remember… each time you buy Alter Eco quinoa, you are supporting the  efforts of Alter Eco and the United Nations alike to insure food security, economic justice, and biodiversity in the Global south. Learn more here.