After a little searching online, I'm finding that I'm not alone in loving quinoa but not how it makes me feel. I know it is a safe grain, and my reactions aren't like my Celiac reactions (Celiac involves alternating d and c, severe fatigue, brain fog; after quinoa, it's stomach and upper GI pain, pretty acid feeling, and I almost never get an acid stomach).
It appears that some folks simply don't do well with this item, whether it is cleaned or not. (Quinoa has to be cleaned to remove saponin, a natural compound produced by the plant apparently for protection - it is supposed to be washed away via a thorough rinsing of the quinoa before cooking.)
Anyone else have bad reactions to quinoa?
What other non-grains or safe grains do you use as you would quinoa, couscous, barley, etc.?
(For those who don't have any reactions, it's great! Do be aware that it has become a little controversial, though, not for its healthiness but for the impact it rapidly growing popularity has had on the places and communities that grow it.)