Q&A: If Quinoa is in your stool did your body actually absorb the nutrients?

by JillOW

Question by Stace: If Quinoa is in your stool did your body actually absorb the nutrients?
Yea, graphic I know, but what gives? I cook the hell out of quinoa after rinsing it and I chew as slow as possible but still THERE it is in the end. Is that how quinoa is supposed be processed? Could the protein and all the good stuff be in the germ spiral that is around each cooked seed? Because it appears that the germ spiral is digested. Anybody know the science behind it? I need the protein from quinoa so that’s why I’m asking.

Best answer:

Answer by marie
weird i eat quinoa all the time and that’s never happened to me – but then every body is different, you may be processing it differently or perhaps intolerant? (although quinoa is pretty bland..i don’t see that happening) sounds like nothing to worry about though.

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  1. I’m not familiar with quinoa but I am with other seeds. I highly suggest germinating seeds (soaking – 4 hours for quinoa) to boost nutritional value. I’m having the same concerns with sunflower seeds. I eat a raw porridge every day with ground flax seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, raw almonds, tahini, coconut milk & whey protein. My decision is to continue germinating them but then grind them.

    from wiki –

    The first step in preparing quinoa is to remove the saponins, a process that requires soaking the grain in water for a few hours, then changing the water and resoaking, or rinsing it in ample running water either in a fine strainer or in cheesecloth. Removal of the saponin helps with digestion; the soapy nature of the compound makes it act as a laxative. Most boxed quinoa has been pre-rinsed for convenience.

    A common cooking method is to treat quinoa much like rice, bringing two cups of water to a boil with one cup of grain, covering at a low simmer & cooking for 14–18 minutes or until the germ separates from the seed. The cooked germ looks like a tiny curl and should have a slight bite to it (like al dente pasta).

    Quinoa may be germinated in its raw form to boost its nutritional value. Germination activates its natural enzymes and multiplies its vitamin content. In fact, quinoa has a notably short germination period: Only 2–4 hours resting in a glass of clean water is enough to make it sprout and release gases, as opposed to, e.g., 12 hours overnight with wheat. This process, besides its nutritional enhancements, softens the grains, making them suitable to be added to salads and other cold foods.
    I have started adding ground flax seed or chia seed to about everything. They are both incredibly nutritious. Chia seeds are comlete protein & swell up when soaked and remind me of tapioca with a strawberry seed inside. They really have no taste but I love the texture. No other whole grain compares on a nutritional level, and it has an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) that is greater than blueberries on a per-gram basis (80 micromole TE/d). I let them sit on the counter to soak for 12 hours this “sprouts” them and raises the ORAC level 2.5x higher.

    I think they are much more nutritious raw and add them to salads & tuna as well as making faux tapioca regularly. I also add them to cooked food for bulk but prefer to use flax seed for cooked food. Flax seed has a slight taste to it but chia seed is tasteless so it doesn’t change the flavor of foods the way flax seed would. In Mexico, they add chia seed to lemonade and call it chia fresca and it is addicting. I was getting 400% of my daily requirement of fiber by drinking this and have to regulate my intake, but it is fun.

    Chia seeds sound so expensive but 1# will make 10# food – Amazon.com has couple lbs. for $ 16 shipped to you. I buy in bulk (24#) from getchia.com for $ 5.83# with free shipping.

    Faux tapioca – 2 cups of water, 5 scoops of low carb whey protein powder, stir together & add cup of chia seeds, after they have started to absorb the water, add in 2 cans of coconut milk & sweetener if you like and mix it all in. Can be eaten after an hour but will be better tomorrow. Cream a pkg. of cream cheese into a can of pumpkin and add to the faux tapioca for an even more nutritious pumpkin pie pudding.

    Ground flax seed (2 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 minutes. For daily fiber needs.

    Raw nuts are living and full of the energy of life and should be capable of building a tree. Roasted nuts are dead & they may still provide some nutrients, but none can compare to the nutrients and enzymes from a live food.

    Unfortunately, raw does not necessarily mean living.

    For example – Commercially sold almonds are now required to be pasteurized turning a live food into a dead one. You can not sprout an almond that has been irradiated. I buy my almonds direct from growers off ebay. I get 20# for less than $ 3# including shipping.

    Chia seeds – 3.5 oz is nearly 500 calories, half calories from fat (high in Omega3 fatty acids) 38g fiber 151%DV & 16grams of COMPLETE protein for 6grams carbs & 63% DV Calcium – 95% Phosphorus – 23% Zinc – 9% Copper – 108% Manganese.

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