Quinoa is an Andean plant that was originated around Titicaca Lake, being cultivated and used by pre-Hispanic civilizations as an important part of their daily diet. Quinoa is now recognized and accepted in the world as a natural resource with high nutritional values, constituting itself as a quality food for the health and food security of present and future generations. The year 2013 was declared the International Year of Quinoa by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
It has a high level of protein, can contain up to 23%.It consists of: minerals (calcium, iron and magnesium), vitamins (C, E, B1, B2 and niacin) and phosphorus.
It is rich in amino acids, which influence the development of the brain.Its fat content is rich in Omega 6.It is an important source of soluble and insoluble fiber.It has a very low glycemic index.