Vegans and Vegetarians who travel to Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia have great alternatives of vegetarian meals with high nutritional value, including fantastic fruit, nuts many varieties of potatoes, and wonderful cereals.
Among the Andean cereals we find kiwicha (amaranth), kañiwa and quinoa which was the staple food of the Inca, (the king of the Inca culture) and considered a sacred and principal crop in the Andes.
Quinoa is produced mainly in the altitude of the Andes starting at 8,000 feet. The main producers are Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.
The nutritional value of quinoa is comparable to breast milk. It is a complete food, balanced and far superior to animal foods like meat, milk, eggs, fish. Quinoa is easily digested, a natural source of vegetable protein, and of high nutritional value. Quinoa with a protein content of 16 to 20% contains 20 amino acids, including the 10 essential that the body can not synthesize and must be obtained in the diet with an exceptional balance of protein, fat, oil and starch, and a high degree of amino acids.