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I understand that it is technically a seed, but also understand that some who don't eat grains also avoid quinoa.

All grains are seeds, so that distinction makes no sense. A strict definition of grains includes only cereals from certain grasses. If you use that definition, quinoa would not be a grain. Nor would amaranth. However if you're worried about how it reacts in the body, cooked quinoa has a pretty similar glycemic load as other cooked whole grains, except corn which has a much higher glycemic load.

Guess I was reading the "strict definition" then. And yes, I did read the same about amaranth (wasn't convinced about that one, either).

I'm not worried, per se, just curious.

I'm on a one month trial of no grains AT ALL (per suggestion from my doctor) and after mentioning it to a friend I got all kinds of "well, quinoa isn't really a grain, it's loaded with protein", yada yada yada. (Found some "stuff on the internet" that agreed with her, but I wasn't convinced).

I'm waiting on nutrient and food allergy testing results which I'll know in a few weeks. Then I may put some grains back in, or not, depending.
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