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Alter Eco Organic Pearl Heirloom Quinoa -- 12 oz

Alter Eco Organic Pearl Heirloom Quinoa
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Alter Eco Organic Pearl Heirloom Quinoa -- 12 oz

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Alter Eco Organic Pearl Heirloom Quinoa Description

  • Organically Grown / Fairly Traded / Hand-Cultivated
  • Royal Heirloom ~ Taste The Difference
  • Fluffy, Nutritious
  • Supergrain of the Andes
  • Gluten-Free
  • A Good Source of Protein
  • USDA Organic
  • Fair for Life
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Kosher
  • Gone 4Good™ Compostable Package

The Real Quinoa

There's only one "quinoa real," or royal quinoa, and it's grown on Bolivia's arid, volcanic Salar De Uyuni salt flat. Revered by ancient Incas as "chisaya mama" (che-sa-waya ma-ma) or "mother grain," this heirloom nutrition source is fluffier, nuttier and without the bitterness so common to lesser grades. Just one spoonful, and you'll see why it should be the only quinoa that graces your plate.


Nourishing Foodie, Farmer and Field

100% Traceable Ingredients / 211 villages building a Prosperous Future / 71,000 llamas for Healthy Soils


We believe in the power of food. Eating heirloom, organic and non-GMO keeps families healthy and strong. Fair and direct trade sustains farmers and ecosystems. And delivering food with zero waste and carbon insetting will mean a brighter future for us all.


Gluten Free / A Good Source of Protein / Whole Grain

8 Essential Amino Acids / An Excellent Source of Folate & Phosphorous


Cooking Instructions

1 cup quinoa + 1½ cups liquid = 4 servings


Rinse quinoa under cold water until water runs clear.

Place quinoa and water or stock in a medium saucepan.


Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until liquid is absorbed and germ has spiraled out, about 15 minutes.


Flavor tip: Before adding liquid, sauté quinoa in pan with a dash of olive oil until slightly toasted, about five minutes.

Free Of
Gluten and GMOs.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1/4 Cup (49 g Dry)
Servings per Container: About 7
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Calories from Fat30
Total Fat3.5 g5%
   Saturated Fat0 g0%
   Trans Fat0 g
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Sodium0 mg0%
Total Carbohydrate33 g11%
   Dietary Fiber2 g8%
   Sugars4 g
Protein6 g
Vitamin A0%
Vitamin C0%
Other Ingredients: 100% organic royal white quinoa*.
*100% Fair for Life Fair Trade certified by IMO
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Are Pseudo-Grains as Good for You as Real Grains?

If you’re determined to go grain-free because you’re removing gluten from your diet or you’re sticking to a Paleo diet, then pseudo-grains might be a smart substitute. However, some experts warn that pseudo-grains are far from perfect.

Gluten-Free Pseudo-Grain Quinoa Being Rinsed in Strainer Under Faucet |

What are pseudo-grains?

Amaranth, buckwheat and quinoa are three of the most prominent and beneficial pseudo-grains. Whereas traditional, or cereal, grains come from grasses, pseudo-grains resemble grains like wheat and oats but come from bushes or shrubs, registered dietitian nutritionist Emily Cooper says.

“One of the pros of pseudo-grains is that they naturally do not contain gluten, which can be a suitable alternative for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance,” Cooper says.

They’re also a suitable alternative for Paleo dieters, who avoid “industrialized” grains like wheat, oats, corn and rice.

Also, pseudo-grains are a good source of protein, fiber and minerals.

‘Healthiest foods on earth’ declares that pseudo-grains “are among the healthiest foods on earth.”

Aside from being rich in protein, fiber and minerals, quinoa and buckwheat contain high levels of phytonutrients and flavonoids, both of which can help lower the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, registered dietitian Laura Schoenfeld writes on her website.

Meanwhile, amaranth — an ingredient in many gluten-free foods — can decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease and hypertension, Schoenfeld says.

“My favorite of these pseudo-grains is buckwheat. Buckwheat isn’t even a grain, despite having the word ‘wheat’ in its name,” Schoenfeld writes. “Botanically speaking, it’s a fruit. And buckwheat is one of the easiest starches for my clients to digest, making it a great way to bump up carb intake on a restricted diet.”

The 411 on amaranth, buckwheat and quinoa

What follows are in-depth facts about amaranth, buckwheat and quinoa, courtesy of the Chopra Center, Men’s Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Amaranth, first cultivated 6,000 to 8,000 years ago in Peru, is a seed rather than a grain.

Amaranth tastes a little like pepper and often is toasted before being cooked. People in South America eat popped amaranth, just as we here in North America eat popcorn. Amaranth frequently shows up in breakfast cereals and porridges.

One cup of amaranth contains:

  • 252 calories
  • 9 grams of protein
  • 5 grams of fiber
  • 4 grams of fat
  • 28 milligrams of vitamin B6
  • 1 micrograms of folate
  • 2 milligrams of iron
  • 160 milligrams of magnesium
  • 364 milligrams of phosphorus
  • 1 milligrams of manganese


Like amaranth, buckwheat is a seed, not a grain. It initially was cultivated in Europe around 4,000 B.C., but it likely dates back more than 8,000 years. It was among the first crops planted by American settlers.

Pyramid-shaped buckwheat seeds are found in gluten-free cereals, porridges and pancakes.

One cup of buckwheat contains:

  • 155 calories
  • 6 grams of protein
  • 5 grams of fiber
  • 1 gram of fat
  • 25 milligrams of copper
  • 68 milligrams of manganese
  • 7 milligrams of magnesium


As with its pseudo-grain cousins amaranth and buckwheat, quinoa is a seed, not a grain. The people of Bolivia and Peru started cultivating quinoa more than 5,000 years ago; the most common varieties are white, red and black.

One cup of quinoa contains:

  • 222 calories
  • 8 grams of protein
  • 5 grams of fiber
  • 4 grams of fat
  • 118 milligrams of magnesium
  • 281 milligrams of phosphorus
  • 2 milligrams of manganese

The downside of pseudo-grains

To be sure, pseudo-grains offer nutritional advantages, but they’ve got drawbacks, too.

For one thing, pseudo-grains such as buckwheat are permitted on the Paleo diet, both traditional and pseudo-grains are banned from another popular eating plan, the Whole30 diet.

Perhaps more concerning is the effect that pseudo-grains can have on gut health.

On her website, Dr. Amy Myers, a physician who specializes in functional medicine, raises concerns about how undigested pseudo-grains, traditional grains and legumes can contribute to a leaky gut.

Since they’re not fully digested, pseudo-grains, traditional grains and legumes pass through the gut barrier intact, according to Myers. This process helps increase the permeability of the gut barrier by harming the cells that line the gut, she says, and by causing an inflammatory response once they’re outside the gut.

That starts a cycle where the particles of pseudo-grains, traditional grains and legumes trigger inflammation, which impairs the gut lining, Myers says. The lining then turns more permeable, enabling undigested food, toxins and bacteria to produce leaky gut.

“Your body can confuse these foreign ‘invaders’ with your own tissues … . Soon, the immune response gets out of control and begins to affect more tissues and systems within the body, and autoimmunity results,” Myers says.

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