Within the past few years, quinoa has become popular as an alternative to rice, wheat, and other grain-based cereals. It is technically not a cereal but an edible seed cooked and eaten like a grain and, therefore, is considered a whole grain food. Quinoa has been used as a staple food for thousands of years and was considered by the ancient Incas in South America as “chisaya mama,” or “the mother grain” for its health benefits.
Unlike many of the cereal grains such as rice and wheat, quinoa is considered a “complete protein” because it contains all of the essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are 20 amino acids needed by the human body. Of these 20 amino acids, 9 amino acids for adults and 10 amino acids for infants and young children are considered as essential. Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body from other amino acids and must come from foods. Arginine is considered essential for infants and young children because their developing bodies may be unable to make adequate amounts of this amino acid to meet their growth needs. The essential amino acids for infants and children are:
· Just like quinoa,
Just like quinoa, oats are gluten-free, are rich in fiber to help prevent constipation, and provides several important minerals like iron, and zinc. Both quinoa and oats rarely cause an allergic reaction. One specific advantage of oats is the carbohydrate called beta-glucan. This complex carbohydrate helps to boost the immune system.**
** Rondanelli M, Opizzi A, Nonteferrario F. The biological activity of beta-glucans. Minerva Med. 2009; 100(3): 237-245.
The key benefits of Baby’s Only Organic Cereal are:
· Quinoa is a complete protein providing all the essential amino acids to support good growth and development
· Oats provide beta-glucans to support the immune system
· Quinoa and oats provide important minerals such as iron and zinc
What is the heavy metal, especially arsenic, content of Baby’s Only Organic® Cereal?
Nature’s One® takes feeding babies seriously and has pledged to ensure that we test for heavy metals including arsenic.
Arsenic and other heavy metals are naturally occurring common elements present in the earth’s crust and, therefore, in all soils. The arsenic and heavy metal content of a food is determined by their content in the soil, water, air, fertilizer, and can also be affected by pesticides and other chemicals to which the food source has been exposed. U.S. organic standards prohibit the use of chemical pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and other chemicals that may be used in the growing and harvesting of quinoa.
Baby’s Only Organic® Cereal is grown according to the National Organic Program’s regulations which prohibits the use of nasty pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals. Nature’s One also test each batch of cereal to ensure that the product is as “clean” as can be from heavy metals and other environmental contaminants.