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We loved this question as it was sent to us in the moment of a heated family dispute over whether or not is quinoa is a carb or a protein. We are not really sure who the winner is, but you should really have a good idea about how to go about looking at the question by the end of the 5 minutes.

This is a question that comes up often for many foods. This whole idea of categorizing them into absolutes is damaging to the foods’ reputation and our health. It’s important to look at a food, if it has or has not been processed, what other nutritional value it holds, and what affect it has on a particular person’s body. After all, every-body is different. In this episode we talk about overlap, how not all foods are created equal and how the manufacturing process really changes the value of the food. Let us know who you think won the #debateoverquinoa!


This week’s question:

Sherri asks: “My son and I are having a debate whether quinoa is a protein or a carb?
I know as a vegetarian quinoa is a source of protein.  My son is trying to prove to me that quinoa has equal carbs as a pancake mix or granola bar. I would like to get the facts straight on this debate with him.


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2 thoughts on “Is Quinoa A Carb or Protein? – PTP178”
  1. Avatar sherri

    Thank you Shoshana!!
    That was a great response to the debate! I will make sure to play it over and over again when it arises again!!! Yeah to Quinoa!!!!

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