Do you know where your quinoa comes from?
We talk about quinoa a lot on this blog. Not only is it tasty – it’s nutritious as well (amino acids, protein, fiber, some vital minerals, you know the score). And gluten-free, natch.
But, as a recent article in The Washington Post points out, quinoa isn’t just changing the lives of the gluten-free. It’s also changing the lives of the Bolivians and Pervians who have grown it for years.
The wholesale price of quinoa today is seven times the price in 2000, and that kind of money talks: prices are so compelling that many quinoa farmers now sell all their quinoa and feed their children the comparably less-nutritious rice and wheat. Unsurprisingly, the children are showing signs of malnutrition.
The gluten-free community arguably benefits from quinoa more than the rest of the population: flip through the pages of your gluten-free grocery guide looking for pasta and your fingers will run straight into plenty of quinoa flour.
Accordingly, we’ve got an extra incentive to make sure that the quinoa we purchase is coming to us without any added baggage.
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