Quinoa-Can it be a Substitute for Rice?

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In fact Quinoa is an often heard name among the weight watchers. There is a saying that if you avoid rice partially or fully you can reach your weight loss goal easily. Is it true? You could argue that comparing quinoa with rice isn’t fair, because quinoa isn’t actually a grain. It’s the seed of the goosefoot plant and a relative of beets and spinach.

Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids. It is also high in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants. Also brown rice is a great source of phosphorous, manganese, selenium and magnesium. It contains lesser amounts of copper, calcium, and zinc. One cup of cooked quinoa has about 40 fewer calories than the same amount of white rice, but the real benefit is in the carbohydrates.

White rice has almost 15 times more grams of carbohydrates, and quinoa provides 5 more grams of fiber and double the protein. So weight watchers quinoa ,which is a high protein rich food can be a slightly better option than rice if you are on a healthy weight loss diet.

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