It is important to note that quinoa is not a grain while rice is a grain. Quinoa is the seed of the goosefoot plant and a relative of beets and spinach. It is often thought of as a grain because it is cooked and eaten similarly to a grain.
- More protein. One cup cooked has 8 grams. Quinoa is one of the few plant sources of complete protein.
- More fiber. One cup of quinoacontains 5 grams of dietary fiber, which is more than white or brown rice. Fiber helps prevent constipation, helps control blood sugar levels, and may help lower cholesterol.
- Naturally gluten-free. Keep in mind that some brands may become cross-contaminated with other grains such as wheat during processing. If you have celiac disease or you’re sensitive to gluten, only use brands that are certified gluten-free.
- Rice raises blood sugar. Rice has a high glycemic index. This means that consuming it can potentially make your blood sugar shoot up quickly extremely
Quickly. When blood sugar rises it stimulates your appetite making your crave sugar. This is bad if you are trying to manage your weight.
To cook one cup of quinoa in a saucepan:
* Combine quinoa and water in a saucepan
* For 1 cup of uncooked quinoa, you’ll want 2 cups of water—this will yield 3 cups of cooked quinoa.
* Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
* Lower the heat to a simmer and put on the lid.
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