A lot has been said and written about Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) and it’s awesome health benefits. It’s been called the wonder grain, until recently when it was discovered that it actually wasn’t a grain but is actually a relative of green leafy vegetables like spinach. It has been said to be a cure for migraines, wonderful for your cardiovascular health, and gives you loads of antioxidants.
Quinoa was a staple of the old warriors of Peru and it was said to be responsible for sustaining the energy and immunity. It was referred to as the “golden crop” of the incas and was very valuable to them. But how exactly does it stack up to white rice and red rice?
As you can see, Quinoa would actually have the most amount of calories per cup (click on the picture if you want a bigger view). So if you think about it, white rice actually has the less calories among the 3. And you know how much fitness and nutrition experts have been preaching a low rice diet for years. But if you look at it closely, It also has the most bang for the buck giving you more protein at 8g, and also the most fiber at 5g. It does have 13mg of sodium but that’s insignificant if you watch the rest of your sodium intake.
Here’s the rest of what you will consume with Quinoa
Manganese is a powerful antioxidant and helps conserve the integrity of cells. Magnesium will help in the aforementioned migraines, we all know fiber is good. Phosphorus helps in bone formation. Copper helps in proper growth, folate also helps in maintaining and producing new cells and tryptophan is one of the essential amino acids are body needs to synthesize protein.
The thing about Quinoa is that it’s a filling food. Meaning you get full quicker than lets say rice or pasta or bread, this is goos especially for dieters since you end up eating less and limiting your caloric intake. And from what we saw from the above charts we can see how nutritious it is. The only knock on Quinoa especially here in the Philippines is it’s cost. One bag from healthy options of Bob’s Red Mill Quinoa will cost you around 750 pesos for 26oz. That’s an expensive rice-replaement boys and girls, but if you can afford it, by all means, get it!