Kaniwa

Kaniwa or “baby quinoa” is a species of goosefoot native to the Andean region. it is caracterized by its high protein content, high antioxidant capacity and phenolic content and a lack of the saponins.

Unlike quinoa, qañiwa contains a much lower amount of the bitter tasting saponins what makes it more tasty and convenient for consumption since it can be used directly as food without washing.[22]

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Description

Kaniwa brings a 15.3% protein content and a nutritionally well-balanced level of essential amino acids. Its nutritional value is equivalent to that of milk proteins, which allows it to substitute animal proteins.[19][20][22] The lipids consist mainly of unsaturated fatty acids, which has various physiological functions such as the maintenance of cell membrane fluidity.

Unlike quinoa, qañiwa contains a much lower amount of the bitter tasting saponins what makes it more tasty and convenient for consumption since it can be used directly as food without washing.[22]

Its high dietary fibre content contributes to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood.[19]Third, qañiwa grain is an notable source of phenolic compound (phenols) and its antioxidant activity is high, both of which has important health effects.[22]

100-gram (3.5 oz) portion of kaniwa seeds contain:

Macronutrients

  • Protein: 15.4 g (31%)
  • Crude fat:6.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 61 g (20%)
  • Crude fiber: 7.7 g (31%)

Vitamins

  • Thiamin (B1): 0.7 mg (48%)
  • Riboflavin (B2): 0.4 mg (25%)
  • Niacin (B3): 1.4 mg (7%)