A couple of weeks ago I bought a pack of Quinoa. Another nutritional powerhouse, I have been wanting to try it for a while and when I saw a bag at Publix I decided to throw it in the cart and give it a try.
When I got home I saw a blurb on the bag about rinsing well because of saponins, which are a naturally-occurring, soap-like substance that occurs on the outside of the quinoa, thought to be a deterrent to birds and insects.
So I pulled out my trusty old keyboard and started researching a little about quinoa recipes, and then saponins and quinoa…and then I found a whole bunch of posts all over the place from people who have gotten very ill…severe GI symptoms, from eating quinoa. Cramps, vomiting, flu-like symptoms that last for as long as 12-24 hours.
And now I am terrified of this tiny little seed!
And so it has sat on the shelf for weeks now. I want to make it…but I am scared to serve it to my husband and kids!!!
Does anybody know if just rinsing is enough? Is it the saponins that make people sick from it? Have any of you ever had a problem with it?