Quinoa the Super Grain of the Andes

The first time I cooked quinoa I was amazed at how the little rounds grain unfurled into a spiral. Then, the nut-like flavor way surpassed my expectations.

Still, I was a little impatient with the need to rinse the grains to avoid bitterness. You don’t have to do that with rice.

Now we have the updated info from a real expert, Carolyn Hemming.

Superfood Technology and Nuriche

Let’s say you are leaning towards the superfood concept. Now you want to get started easily. You want the biggest bang for your buck. What’s the answer.

The following video reveals the technological basis for the superfood revolution. Chris Hayes is the speaker. He makes a recommendation I support whole heartedly.

This is a convenient way to get more information: Elan’s Nuriche Connection.

Define “Superfoods”

I’ve always thought of superfoods as those whole foods that are very high in bioavailable nutrients.

Another way to say it is, you can live on superfoods.

Here’s what Wikipedia says:
Superfood is a term sometimes used to describe food with high phytonutrient content that some may believe confers health benefits as a result. For example, blueberries are often considered a superfood (or superfruit) because they contain significant amounts of antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber. [1] However, the term is not in common currency amongst dieticians and nutritional scientists, many of whom dispute the claims made that consuming particular foodstuffs can have a health benefit[2] There is no legal definition of the term and it has been alleged that this has led to it being over-used as a marketing tool.[3]

That’s what I call faint praise indeed. I suspect that the definition was shaped by Big Ag and the Pharmaceutical Industry.

The purpose of their definition is to invalidate or cast doubt. I don’t know if that is really a fair approach.

Here is what Graci and Diamond say:
Superfood the most nutrient-rich and completely absorbable food in any classification of protein, carbohydrates, fat or fiber;

contains powerful antioxidants, disease-preventing phytochemicals, and a wide range of colors;

allows the body a supply of balanced energy and supports accellerated healing;

examples are …spirulina, phosphatidyl choline, alfalfa, barley, and wheat grasses, milk thistle, and …green tea.

I don’t know about phosphatidyl choline, but I’ve eaten all the other items.

List of nutrients from the power of superfoods

This list is from The Power of Superfoods by Sam Graci and Harvey Diamond.

I just culled it from the index, leaving out the non-vegetarian items. The list is not all one kind of thing. What it means to me is, a good place to start.

acerola berries   acidophilus   alfalfa   apple   apple cider vinegar   apricots
bananas barley   beans   bee products   bentonite clay   bilberry
blue-green algae   blueberries bran fiber   broccoli   burdock   butter
cabbage   carrots   chard   cheese   chicory root chlorella   chlorophyll
chromium picolinate   cinnamon   coffee   collards   cottage cheese

cranberries   dandelion greens   dulse   enzymes   essential fatty acids
fiber fructo-oligosaccharides   fruits   garlic   ginger   ginseng
grains, organic, whole   grape grapefruit-seed extract   grasses   honey
herbs   Indian berry   iodine   iron   juices   kale kelp   lactobacillus acidophilus
legumes   lettuce   licorice   magnesium   maple syrup   milk
milk thistle   minerals   miso   molasses, blackstrap   mushrooms
mustard greens   nuts oils   olive oil   omega EFAs   onions   orange juice
organic foods   parsley   peaches   peas pectin   peppers, red   potassium
rapini   rice   royal jelly   salt   sea vegetables   seeds   soy spinach   spirulina
sprouts   squash   strawberries   sunflower seeds   tea, green, herbal
tofu   tomatoes   water   watercress   wheat grass   whey   yams   yogurt   zinc

Here is a link to the book itself: