Kaniwa pronounced Kan-nyi-wa and also known as Chenopodium pallidicaule is a very healthy grain. Kaniwa is a grass seed like quinoa but it contains a lot more protein than quinoa, and it also contains very high quality protein compared to quinoa. And kaniwa contains more vitamins and minerals and more antioxidants than quinoa. Want more protein in your diet— Try Kaniwa!
Where it Grows – Kaniwa grows in the high plains of Peru and Bolivia and other countries in South America. And it grows in places where quinoa will not grow because it’s much heartier and resists cold spells, drought, and pests, and kaniwa is related to swiss chard, beets, and spinach.
Lots of Protein – Kaniwa has more protein than quinoa, per 100 grams kaniwa contains 16 grams of protein while quinoa only contains 13 grams of protein, and kaniwa contains 10 essential amino acids. Kaniwa is a great protein source for vegans and vegetarians.
Taste – Kaniwa has a nutty sweet taste which is very similar to quinoa, but the seeds are half the size of quinoa.
Can be Sprouted – Kaniwa seed can also be sprouted for an even more nutrient dense live food source.
Look – Kaniwa is red brown color because of all the powerful antioxidants.
More Antioxidants – Kaniwa also has more antioxidants than quinoa including lots of flavonoids such as quercetin and isorhamnetin. Both of which are very important for getting rid of free radicals thus helping to prevent and repair DNA damage. And kaniwa also help to prevent diseases such as cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer… and slows the aging process.
Gluten Free – Kaniwa is a wonderful high protein grain that’s also gluten free making it great for anyone with gluten intolerance or celiac disease.
Contains B-Vitamins – Kaniwa also contains lots of great B-Vitamins for good mood, vitality, and for preventing birth defects.
Iron and Copper – Kaniwa also contains lots of great iron and copper for preventing anemia. Also kaniwa contains more iron than buckwheat and regular wheat. A 1/2 cup of kaniwa provides about 60% of our daily needs of iron which is wonderful… and iron is important for prevent fatigue.
Phosphorus and Calcium – Kaniwa contains phosphorus and calcium for strong bones.
Zinc and Selenium – Kaniwa contains lots of great zinc and selenium for boosting up our immune system.
Low in Fat – Kaniwa also contains very little in the way of fats.
Magnesium and Manganese – Kaniwa also contains lots of great manganese and magnesium for relaxing for enzyme production.
More Nutrient Dense – Kaniwa has more nutrients per 100 grams than quinoa.
Omega 3 Oils – Kaniwa also contains good plant based Omega 3 fatty acids which are important for preventing cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer.
Lots of Fiber – Kaniwa also contains 3 grams of fiber per 1/2 cup making it great for creating a good environment for building probiotic bacteria in our gut and thus boosting up our immune system. Most people only have 1/2 pound of good bacteria in their gut and they should have 4 or 5 pounds of good bacteria. Thus high fiber foods like kaniwa can help to improve our immune system and also lower our chances of coming down with cardiovascular challenges.
Cooks Fast – Take 1 part kaniwa and 2 parts water and simmer on low heat for at 15 minutes. Then turn off the heat and put the lid on the pan and allow it to sit for 10 minutes and it’s ready. And cooking does not change the nutrient profile of kaniwa unlike some foods which lose nutrition with cooking.
Using – Kaniwa can be used in sweet dishes and also savory dishes. And kaniwa is great with fruit for breakfast, also for use in soups, stews, casseroles, and even in salads. And any where that bulgar wheat, quinoa, and other grains can be used kaniwa can also be used. And kaniwa makes a nice substitute for bread crumbs for lots of dishes.
Great Flour – Kaniwa also makes a nice gluten free flour. Kaniwa flour is call kanihuaco which is very delicious and can be made into breads, pastries, puddings, noodles, cakes, muffins, and anything else that wheat flour can be used for.
Finding – Kaniwa can be ordered on-line just google “Buy Kaniwa” and lots of places will come up. And kaniwa can also be found on Amazon and Ebay. And kaniwa can be asked for at your local health food store.
Recipes – Just google “Kaniwa Recpies” and lots of great ways to use this amazing organic grain will come up.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist
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