Last update Oct. 20, 2016

Chenopodium quinoa

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

A plant that is native from the Andean highlands, the grains have been consumed as food for more than 7,000 years ago in that region (Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia). Since 1980, consumption has spread worldwide.

It has a higher content of calories, protein, fat, fiber, calcium and iron than wheat. It is not a cereal but a gluten-free food with a high content of Omega-3 along with eight essential amino acids.
The grain is consumed cooked, roasted or ground into flour for bread, cakes, salads, soups and stews.

Food of excellent nutritional quality, devoid of toxicity and fully compatible with breastfeeding.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Chenopodium quinoa is Quinoa in Latin, botanical name.

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  1. Nowak V, Du J, Charrondière UR. Assessment of the nutritional composition of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.). Food Chem. 2016 Abstract
  2. Bazile D, Jacobsen SE, Verniau A. The Global Expansion of Quinoa: Trends and Limits. Front Plant Sci. 2016 Abstract
  3. Maradini Filho AM, Pirozi MR, Da Silva Borges JT, Pinheiro Sant'Ana HM, Paes Chaves JB, Dos Reis Coimbra JS. Quinoa: Nutritional, Functional and Antinutritional Aspects. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2015 Abstract
  4. Abugoch James LE. Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.): composition, chemistry, nutritional, and functional properties. Adv Food Nutr Res. 2009 Abstract

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