The amino rich protein definitely helps make quinoa stand out from some other grain type foods. It has all nine of the amino acids that you need to survive, making it a complete protein. Most grains and pseudo grains do not give your body enough lysine, but quinoa is full of lysine. Your body requires amino acid lysine in order to repair your cells. It offers muscle healing power which helps make it particularly good for sports athletes and individuals that work out. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the protein quality is actually equal to that of dried whole milk.
Even most people who have food allergy symptoms and intolerance can enjoy quinoa. Many experts agree that quinoa is probably the best foods for individuals with food allergies. Quinoa is commonly referred to as a grain but this is actually not correct. It's a 'pseudo' grain that is not a member of the grass family. The plant is a relative of beets, spinach and chard. Although the leafy part of the plant can also be edible, it's the seeds which have been commercially available. The germ of the quinoa seed is bigger than most grains and also this is the reason for its high protein content.
There are numerous ways you can enjoy quinoa if you choose that you want to try it. It can be substituted for most any grain and it particularly good when substituted for rice. One thing to take into account is that the outside of quinoa is covered in a bitter and soapy substance called saponin. Saponin is good because it protects quinoa from disease and pests as it grows. But, it is very bitter and can also upset your stomach. To rinse the saponin off you will simply want to place the quinoa in a fine metal colander and rinse it for four or five minutes.