Currently there is a global fad for quinoa, which was the staple food of the peasants of the Andes for centuries. In a study conducted by NASA in 1993, quinoa provides all the essential life-sustaining nutrients. Although dietitians were aware of the nutritious value of quinoa, it took the adulation of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey to make the grain globally acceptable. It has now been included in the diet of the rich. The year 2013 was named the International Year of Quinoa by the UN.
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