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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2012
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Quinoa has become a staple of my diet, and I've been looking for a reliable brand. The taste is great, but more notable is that this has been the cleanest quinoa I've encountered so far. Most people, myself included, prefer to have the bitter surface compounds washed away. The biggest issue for me is that while most brands claim to be washed, this is often simply not true. Subject them to any kind of rinsing, and the water will foam right up (the bitter compounds are surfactants, and will create a foam like soap). Upon washing this quinoa, I got almost nothing! A little fiber was washed away, but nothing more. It's entirely possible to just throw this quinoa in a rice cooker without worrying too much about washing it. For being both cheaper and less time intensive than other brands, I'll be sticking with this one for the foreseeable future.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2013
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So I've been hearing about this new "super grain/food" recently. My local grocery store doesn't stock more than the basics so I decided to try to find an acceptable product on amazon. This was the cheapest quinoa I found without ordering a huge quantity. Since I'd never tried it before I wanted to go with a small amount rather than getting burned again by purchasing a large amount of a product and then realizing I hated it. I've had to give away a lot of food for that reason. I didn't really read much about this particular brand of quinoa before buying it because I was simply buying this to see if I liked quinoa not because I anticipated buying this particular brand again.

When I spoke to some friends about my new foray into an "exotic" food, I was informed that the new quinoa super food craze had caused some problems in South America where local people were finding it difficult to find a food staple because of the high priced demand for quinoa in the US. So I was pleasantly surprised to read that this company is not only interested in providing a quality product they're also intensely interested in sustainable farming and working with the local growers. As a fair trade organization it appears alter eco works to ensure that the farmers they deal with are helped rather than hurt by the trade in quinoa.

Now I realize that I LOVE quinoa. It's versatile and can be eaten hot or cold and it doesn't spike my blood sugar as well as containing not just protein but calcium and other really good nutrients. So while I had intended to look at all the quinoa on amazon to see what was the most economical, the price for this product isn't exorbitant and knowing that this company is a fair trade organization has cemented my new found loyalty to alter eco. It's a grain that I can eat that's healthy for me and my new diet/lifestyle as well as knowing it's good for the people who farm it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2009
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I was introduced to quinoa (pronounced keen-wah)while on a trip to Peru and Ecuador. It's a fantastic food, especially the red version which is my favorite. It is a perfect protein, which means it has all the amino acids. Quinoa has more fiber and grams of protein than any known grain/rice PLUS it is gluten free. Use it where you might use a starch or find unusual places to use quinoa. I cook up a batch on the weekend and store it in the frig. I then add cooked quinoa to my morning yogurt or to warmed applesauce to make a breakfast or lunch dish. I especially like cooked quinoa added to vegetable soup or any cream soup in order to increase the protein and fiber values of the soups. Try it, you'll like it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2008
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Quinoa is a staple in our household, it has tons of vitamins and minerals, a higher amount of protein then any other grain so it doesn't spike a blood sugar, gluten free, and comes naturally in "two flavors", white and red. i add white to my son's oatmeal and chicken dishes (white has a milder taste), and red quinoa goes better with red meats and tomato/avocado dishes. Although the difference is not significant, it is nice to have a variety.
I like Alter Eco brand because it is a fair trade.
I highly recommend it to everyone! I'd give it ten stars if i could.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2012
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This has quickly become a staple in our home! It has a pleasant nutty taste that is nice plain or seasoned and works well with a lot of other foods. It doesn't need to be rinsed and cooks up easily in the rice cooker.

I love that I can get it started with one hand in less than a minute with a baby on my hip! One time when I made it, I measured out the whole package with my rice cooker cup (3.5 rice cooker cups) and added twice as much water (7 rice cooker cups). I took note of the water level in the rice cooker bowl (right at my "Sweet 6" line). So now I can just dump the pouch in the bowl, fill with water up to the Sweet 6 line, set it to the brown rice setting, and start. That's it! My rice cooker brown rice setting takes 1 hr 45 minutes. I start it early in the day and the rice cooker keeps it warm until I'm ready for it. It always comes out light and fluffy. I have not tried it with the quick rice setting or on the stove-top, so I'm honestly not sure if there is any difference in taste or texture between the methods.

I make an entire package once or twice a week. My family of 5 eats about 1/3 of it the first night and we finish it as leftovers over the next few days. One of my favorite ways to serve it is as quinoa salad, which I make with cold (leftover) quinoa, tomato, cucumber, maybe some onions, avocado and/or bell peppers, feta and some red wine vinaigrette. The texture of the quinoa goes well with the salad, and it soaks up the vinaigrette and takes on the taste. It is really a delight.

The price with Subscribe & Save is great, especially considering that it is organic and fair trade, and doesn't need to be rinsed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Alter Eco is quinoa with one huge difference from all other quinoa brands... They are lots of organic, pre-washed quinoa in the market but none is Fair Trade. Alter Eco is the real deal. An important part of my healthy diet, Alter Eco is a blessing since it's in organic form and a Fair Trade product where other quinoas never come in Fair Trade form regardless of the color of quinoa. Fair Trade is more expensive than none Fair Trade product. Prices of red quinoa has been going up to $10 a pound, which is the most expensive quinoa, than black, rainbow and yellow. Bravo, bravo, bravo.

KEEN-Waah... A complete protein source, a seed related to other healthy cousins like spinach and beets. In a pot I place quinoa, frozen peas, carrots, corn, add water and tomato paste. Spinach is added at the end the last minute. Stewing tomatoes for a half hour increases the cancer fighting lycopene content by 35 percent. Cooking also unlocks another nutrient, beta-carotene, in corn and carrots since heat breaks down the fibrous cell walls, releasing more of these antioxidants. The same goes for spinach but then you need to get your vitamin C from something else since that is the first vitamin which is depleted with heat. I saute lots of onion separately then in ten minutes I add paprika, cumin, dillweed, gram marsala, crushed red pepper, turmeric and lots of garlic 2 x 2 Pound Fresh Garlic USA California Heirloom Monviso Gilroy Finest (4 Pounds Total), mix it well and add the mix to the pot and let it sit without heat for five minutes. This is what vegans consume instead of beef since it is a complete protein. Greens, vegetables, nuts, seeds, etc. may have protein but the fact is that only quinoa has a complete protein and all others do not since all others are missing few amino acids here and there but not quinoa. I rarely ever consume beef, chicken, etc. so fish and quinoa are the only source of complete protein with all amino acids for me. Organic, whole grain, very fulfilling due to some starch with host of vitamins, minerals that no beef or chicken can even come close to. Cooks in ten minutes with some water, no fat, no salt, no sugar... I consume it with eggplant, onions, okra, smoked hearings, curry type dishes with lots of spices and delicious juices. I never ever have to wash and rinse before cooking either. I keep the uncooked portions in double zip lock bags in freezer. I consume so much that I never have to worry about the unused portion going rancid and unlike brown rice which loses its oil in less than six months and becomes worthless even if kept in freezer, quinoa will last longer. Obviously I never ever do that with any food since I only purchase what I need in order to get the nutrients which are a healthy portion of my diet. Gluten free, the best product for me when I go camping since all I do is add lemon and tomato and that way I never have to worry about paying arm and leg for that lousy, awful tasting dry foods. I ground chia+flax+sesame, mix it with cocoa+isolate+soy milk before my workouts every single day or no workout regardless. Three tbsp of quinoa in my power drink offers me 4gr of pure, complete protein with all amino acids. I add organic paprika to regular yellow quinoa and it turns the dish into a beautiful red color. Healthy, healthier and healthiest of many seeds, delicious sprouts only in 3 days with all amino acids. I am an athlete with a healthy diet. I used to consume brown rice heavily years ago but no longer. I can consume quinoa with tomato and lemon juice and it is the best food I can take with me anywhere on any sports trip and I do not even have to wash it either. Delicious, delicious, delicious.

FRESHNESS: Fresh means nutritious and delicious. I consume lots of seeds, beans, grains, vegetables, etc. and freshness is a priority regardless of the brand so I always purchase my food ingredients in small quantities from reputable sellers with high turnover. When fresh, food is nutritious and that goes for any food in any form, from frozen to canned. Fresh food is nutritious as well as delicious since nutrients give food its delicious taste. When old or rancid, nutrients are gone and any food item becomes an empty calories with no taste and absolutely worthless regardless of the brand or price, organic or conventional. For few years I consumed seeds in oil form since physicians advised me to do so not knowing that majority are not aware that seeds hardly offer any nutrients unless; seeds are fresh, not old which means rancid, not in oil form, not in supplement form, not hulled, ground and consumed within few days, kept in dark cold temperatures, away from light-sun-moisture since the oil in seeds and nuts go rancid regardless. That is why brown rice which has its nutrients will go rancid even if kept in freezer while white rice will last for years at room temperature since it hardly has any nutrients or oil. I ground in my coffee grinder sesame, flax, chia, amaranth, hemp then add cocoa, isolate protein, soy milk and consume it before my workouts on daily basis for its vitamins, minerals, protein and many nutrients, without much spike in my glucose. Un-hulled seeds are full of nutrients. I never consume hulled seeds which are empty calories, absolutely worthless since the nutrients have been removed.

STARCH: Some carbohydrates, such as sugars and most starch are rapidly digested and absorbed as glucose into the body through the small intestine and subsequently used for short-term energy needs or stored. Resistant starch on the other hand, resists digestion and passes through to the large intestine where it acts like dietary fiber. Sugar, honey, maple syrup, white flour, white rice, whole-grain pastry flour, packaged cold cereals, commercial fruit juices, and fruit-juice sweetened beverages are the same foods some dentists claim rots the teeth from the inside out by changing the balance and ratio of calcium to phosphorous in the bloodstream. Your immune system goes down when you wolf down sweets, especially around events and holiday meals. High Glycemic foods quickly turn to sugar in your blood stream, causing excess insulin to pour into your blood to get rid of the excess sugar. The excess insulin pushes the calcium and fat into your arteries, especially if you have only a few cholesterol receptors on your liver (which is genetic). Whole wheat and white bread have essentially the same impact on blood sugar so I try to consume bread with whole sprouted grains, even flourless breads, and no-yeast breads. Black beans, northern beans, navy beans, red kidney beans, lentils, split peas, black-eyed peas, brown rice, rolled oats, millet, corn, black rice are all Resistance Starch. King of starch for me is quinoa and Navy Beans before and post expedition trips, 17.6gr vs. 15.4gr for 100gr serving. No wonder the price of quinoa is going up, up, up...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2007
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The red quinoa is much nuttier than the regular white quinoa. It reminds me of miniature popcorn, and is quite tasty made with chicken broth. Don't overcook!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2012
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I bought this online as my store priced quinoa at $4.79 for 12 ounces, thus I purchased here. Not only is it a good value they are in resealable bags, the only downside is you have to rinse well first. But that is a small price to pay for the small price you pay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
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If you're trying to add quinoa to your diet, this is a good product that is quick and easy to cook, tastes good, and is healthy for you. When Amazon has it at a good price, it's priced much better than other stores for the amount you get. I've shopped around and so far Amazon's price is the best, especially if you use subscribe and save.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2008
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On the South Beach diet, we are not allowed rice or pasta, but we can have Quinoa, which, interestingly, is not a grain, but a berry. In any case, it is very versatile and we have it around four times a week (have to, now that I've bought 32 pounds!). My family loves it and that makes my life easier.
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