Et tu, quinoa?

Quinoa is a very interesting little seed that has gained popularity as whole grains have been vilified recently. It is tasty, filling, a decent source of protein, and can be used in baking as well as savory dishes. Hence, I keep trying to include quinoa in my diet.

BIG mistake for me!

It took me a while to make the connection, but each time I eat quinoa, it is fine for a day or two, and then all of a sudden it’s like my gut is rotting. Huge, nasty, sulfur-tasting burps. Along with the other usual symptoms — gas, pain, brain fog.
I have been trying to find a milk substitute without added sugar, natural flavors, gums and thickeners (it is getting more difficult every time I go to the grocery store). I stumbled on Suzie’s Organic Quinoa milk. Very little in the way of additives (still a few). I thought, “I know I can’t eat whole quinoa, but maybe it’s the fiber in it that is a problem for me. Maybe the milk will be fine. I’m sure I won’t have a problem with that!” (Dun, dun, DUNNNNN!!!)
The quinoa milk smelled a bit like, well, quinoa, was not as satisfyingly thick as my son’s almond/coconut blend, but it was delicious, absolutely lovely with a cup of Oregon Herbal Chai. Two days feeling like a normal beverage-consumer.

AND THEN — yep, you guessed it. The burps are back.

However, I highly recommend it for anyone who has no problem with quinoa. Least adulturated commercially produced milk alternative that I have found lately.

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