0 Comments | May 11, 2011

What You Need to Know about Quinoa Nutrition Facts

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If you are getting serious about fitness, you probably already know just how important your diet is.  Most of us blame losing the battle of the bulge to not working out, but in reality some 80% of the results that you get come from your diet.  If you don’t eat right, it is going to show!  Your diet can not only cause obesity, it can also speed the aging process.

When trying to eat healthy, a great food to include in your diet is quinoa.  In fact, I have quinoa salad in one form or another just about every day!  Since incorporating this nutritious  seed into my diet, I’ve been able to drop 25 pounds.  Of course, no single food could do this – it’s all about balance and incorporating real whole foods into your diet.

However, it is such a nutrient dense food that learning more about it is worth while!  Let’s take a closer look!

Quinoa Nutrition Facts

  • A single cup of quinoa has 220 calories, 8 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber
  • According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the quality of protein found in quinoa is equal to that found in dehydrated whole milk
  • Quinoa also has as much calcium as quinoa, but a key advantage of quinoa is that it is cholesterol free
  • One serving has 15% of the Iron and Vitamin B-6 you need each day as well as 25% of the Phosphorous and Vitamin B-1
  • Unlike the vast majority of plant based foods, quinoa is a complete source of protein, having all 9 of the amino acids that we need for health.  Of particular importance is that quinoa is high in lysine, which is not found in most grain- type foods
  • Although it is often referred to as a grain, this is not accurate.  Quinoa is a seed and a member of the annual species goosefoot family.
  • Quinoa is gluten free and considered the ideal food for those with most any type of food allergy

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