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Why Choose Quinoa as a First Food?

DR. LAURA JANA, M.D., National Spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and Award-Winning Parenting Author

“When considering which foods are best to offer as first foods for babies, it is particularly important to take into account several factors such as nutritional content, how easily digested the food is, and, of course, any potential allergy risk. Given that quinoa has long been recognized for being both nutrient-rich and easily absorbed, not to mention less allergenic than other grains, the concept of introducing quinoa as a first food alternative to traditional rice cereal is particularly appealing.”

 

Did you know that Quinoa…

1) is pronounced “KEEN-wah”?

2) has been fed to babies as a first food for centuries in South America?

3) is technically a seed and a relative of spinach, beets and chard, although we cook and eat it like a grain?

4) was sacred to the ancient Inca Empire, known as “chisaya mama” (mother of grains)?

5) was served to astronauts by NASA during space trips due to its exceptional nutritional content?

6) was named the “International Food of the Year” by the United Nations in 2013?

7) is gluten-free and hypoallergenic for children and adults with food allergies?