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Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Vol. 6, Issue 4 (2017)

Nutrition facts and functional potential of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa), an ancient Andean grain: A review

Author(s):

Gitika Sharma and Sarla Lakhawat

Abstract:
In this era of ever-increasing world population, newer food and feed crops that have been hitherto neglected are gaining recognition. The rejection of such lesser-known food crops has been due not to any inferiority but to the lack of research resources in the place of origin and often to their being scorned as “poor people’s plants.” The genus Chenopodium supplies tasty and nutritious leaves as well as pink- to cream-coloured edible seeds. Tolerance to cold, drought, and salinity and the high lysine content of the seed protein are the attractive features of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa), the most frequently consumed species in the Andean regions of South America, Africa, some parts of Asia, and Europe. This review compares and evaluates the nutritional and antinutritional constituents of the seeds of C. quinoa.

Pages: 1488-1489  |  996 Views  43 Downloads

How to cite this article:
Gitika Sharma and Sarla Lakhawat. Nutrition facts and functional potential of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa), an ancient Andean grain: A review. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2017;6(4):1488-1489.