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  • Quinoa and potassium?

    I feel like maybe a lot of ICers use quinoa. Especially those like me who cannot eat gluten. Does anyone have trouble with quinoa? I've been in an unexplained flare and I'm trying to find answers. I looked up quinoa and it is high in potassium. Bananas make me flare...any info is helpful!

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    Symptoms began at age 19.
    Diagnosed at age 27.

    My symptoms include pressure, frequency, painful urgency, burning, and low back pain.

    I also have IBS, Candida, and Adrenal Fatigue.

    I am very diet sensitive. I've known about my IC for over two years now and I'm still trying to figure out what I can and cannot eat.

    Having IC can be devastating. It has given me depression, hopelessness, and anxiety that can make every day tasks daunting. My supportive husband, prayer, and my faith in God keep me going each day

  • #2
    I use quinoa on a regular basis and have no problem with it.. I love it.. and it is truly amazing how it expands- a little goes along way..
    God brought me to it, He will bring me through it!!!

    Diagnosed 2003
    by cysto/hydro
    Elmiron took almost a year- made me sick, caused diarrhea
    Pyridium -Made me sick
    Detrol and Ditropan, Toviaz and Mrrbetriq- caused constipation and head ache.
    Tried DMSO instill- had 5 out of 6
    Started Oxytrol Patch-stopped using them after 3 months-- skin was getting irritated
    Cysto/hydro April 6th 2011-- on expansion only hold one cup
    IBS/ IC
    High blood pressure meds and Crestor
    Metformin (prediabetic)
    Sinequan (depression)


    • #3
      I eat quinoa frequently too (I also follow a gluten-free diet) and have not noticed a problem IC wise. I was wondering though if you are rinsing it enough? Apparently the husk of the quinoa is very bitter -- you can see it foam up off of the quinoa while you are simmering it. Maybe you can try getting a pre-washed brand and then rinse it again. I use Eden Organic Quinoa -- I rinse it before I cook it and then I just skim off whatever foam collects on the top during the first couple of minutes of cooking. In the past, I have had other bulk-bin quinoa that I rinsed before AND after cooking it. Good luck and safe eating!
      Me: Canadian. 31.

      IC symptoms: Cramping, burning, frequency. Pain!

      Pain management: Ibuprofen. AZO. Marijuana. Prelief. The IC Diet.

      My IC-safe, Gluten-free, Lactose-free food blog:
      Good for Your Guts


      • #4
        I mix quinoa with white rice or eat it with green salad so it won't be so concentrated.


        • #5
          Sometimes it's difficult to get enough potassium to maintain health, since some of the major sources are found in foods not okay for anyone with IC. I haven't tried quinoa, but just might give it a whirl.

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