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Busting The Quinoa Myth05:53

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Tri-color quinoa. (avlxyz/Flickr)
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If you're part of the health-conscious foodie crowd, there's a good chance you eat quinoa.

Five years ago, a lot of people couldn't pronounce it and had never heard of it. But a boom in the popularity of this so-called Andean "super-grain" is pushing demand sky-high.

As Americans eat more of it, there are suggestions that people who live closest to quinoa — the indigenous people of the Andes — are being deprived of the food because the price has gone so high.

But NPR food and health correspondent Allison Aubrey says the truth is complicated.


This segment aired on July 17, 2013.

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