In recent times, quinoa has become one of the most popular superfoods. If you are not familiar with quinoa, it is a grain crop that is rich in nutrients.

Quinoa is frequently served in salads, and many people eat quinoa in exchange for carbs because they are filling. So what are the nutrition in quinoa that makes them good for your health?

Below is the list of nutrients contained in a cup (100g) of cooked quinoa:

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy 368 kcal
Carbohydrates 64.2 g
Dietary fibre 7.0 g
Protein 14.1 g
Vitamin A 1 mg
Vitamin B6 0.49 mg
Vitamin E 2.4 mg
Calcium 47 mg
Iron 4.6 mg
Magnesium 197 mg
Manganese 2.0 mg
Potassium 563 mg
Water 13.3 g

Who would not want to reap these nutrients of this amazing superfood? More than the nutritional values below is the health benefits you’ll get from quinoa:

Helps with weight loss

Quinoa is high in fibre content, and in fact, quinoa contains two times higher fibre in comparison to the other grains such as rice. The high fibre content will make you fill fuller for longer and reduce your calorie intake. Other than fibre, quinoa is high in protein. Protein is one of the nutrients that play an essential role in increasing your metabolism and slowing down your appetite.

Promotes healthy blood sugar control

Compared with other grains, quinoa is low in carbohydrates. You don’t need to worry about consuming quinoa grains because they are not refined carbs. Refined carbs are not suitable for your health because they can cause a spike in your blood sugar level. They also can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, quinoa promotes healthy blood sugar control by reducing blood triglycerides and free fatty acids.

Great dietary substitute (for vegans and vegetarian)

Quinoa is a source of complete protein. By complete protein, it means that quinoa is one of a few superfoods that contain nine essential amino acids. Our own body can not produce these essential amino acids. Therefore, the only way for our body to consume them is by obtaining it through our diet. Consuming meats, eggs, and poultry can be one of the ways to get essential amino acids. For vegans and vegetarians, quinoa can be a dietary substitute for meats and dairy.

High in antioxidants

Antioxidants are a substance that inhibits oxidation. How are antioxidants beneficial for our health? Antioxidants help to fight several diseases, and they also help to fight to age. The good news for you is quinoa contains high levels of antioxidants. It is recommended to sprout quinoa even longer so that the antioxidant level in quinoa increases.

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