Rice or Quinoa? Which is better?

On a side-to-side comparison, quinoa is a superior grain to whole grain rice. Quinoa has more protein, more fiber and fewer carbohydrates than brown rice. It was recently revealed that all rice contains arsenic and everyone was advised to reduce rice consumption. I don’t want to eat poison!

The first time I tried quinoa was on an airplane. I hated it, but all airplane food is gross! The next time I ate quinoa was at a restaurant and I loved it. I couldn’t believe it was the same grain I tried before. It’s really easy to make too. Just follow the directions on the package. To add pizazz sauté a chopped white onion in coconut oil until translucent and add it to the cooked quinoa with a little salt and some herbs. Serve quinoa with grilled shrimp or chicken. Yum!

Brown Rice (1 cup)

Quinoa (1 cup)

Calories: 216

Calories: 223 (quinoa has just 7 calories more)

Fat: 1.89 grams

Fat 3.6 gm (quinoa has only 1.71 grams more)

Net Carbohydrates: 43

Net Carbohydrates: 34 (8 fewer carbs than rice)

Sodium: 10 mg

Sodium: 13 mg

Protein: 5 grams

Protein 8 grams

 

Source: USDA

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