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Know Your Quinoa Nutrition Facts

Posted by Anna on April - 1 - 2013

If you are one of those health-conscious people constantly on the lookout for healthier options to your diet, consider including quinoa in your options. If you want to add some healthy whole grains to a protein based diet, quinoa can form a great choice. Quinoa is incredibly nutritious and surprisingly stress-free to prepare. It does not require the sweating-after that most wheat and rice based dishes always come with and supplies similar or improved nutrition benefits.

Right, so we have told you that quinoa is healthy and an incredibly beneficial grain. But just how beneficial is it and in what way? Therefore, is here to present you with the complete list of quinoa nutrition facts. As you would already know, quinoa is healthy due to its qualities of being gluten-free as well as low-fat grain.

Besides this particular grain is not just meant for vegetarians, but for absolutely anyone opting for a low fat, low cholesterol diet. Quinoa is also a great source for fiber and can act as a tonic for your digestive system. However, quinoa comes in several varieties each of which has their own benefits and defects. It is imperative therefore to be aware of these facts before you choose to opt for any of them as the nutrient list is bound to alter slightly.

Nutrition Facts about Quinoa: Quinoa is a truly incredible protein alternative for people who opt to be vegetarians or vegans due to its high-protein content. This is what makes it such a superb alternative source of protein for people who are prevented from consuming cholesterol rich and/ or fat rich sources of protein found in meat and meat product sources.

Quinoa also happens to be low in fat like most other grains, but it does contain some as a seed although it is really a negligible amount. But if you compare it with similar sources of protein from meat-based sources, such as beef, quinoa contains nearly one-tenth of its total amount of fat. Just in case you were wondering, a full cup of cooked quinoa only has about 3 grams of fat.

If you are one of those dieters who consistently count calories, quinoa might be a great option for you. Quinoa itself contains only about 222 calories in a full cup. However, we need to add a word of caution here. It is not enough to just opt for quinoa in your meals. The final fat and calorie content of your meal will depend on the recipe you opt for and how you cook your meal. That is where most people accumulate calories. Try to avoid oil, butter and overindulgence in spices. Your daily dose of iron, magnesium and fiber too is guaranteed with quinoa.