Quinoa is becoming maintream among many health-conscious athletes, many of whom are vegetarians or vegans. They may choose to eat quinoa because it is said to be a protein-rich grain. (Technically speaking, quinoa is a seed, but we eat it as a grain-food.) Quinoa is also touted as containing all the essential amino acids.
But as you can see in the chart below, quinoa is not really a protein powerhouse. Be sure to eat it along with tofu, beans, yogurt or other protein-rich foods to reach the target of 20 to 30 grams protein per meal.
Quinoa is also expensive: $6 per pound, as compared to brown rice at $1.50 per pound.
Here's how some grains compare:
|Pasta, white||2 oz. dry||200||7 g||2 g||2 mg|
|--whole wheat||2 oz. dry||200||8||6||2|
|Rice, white||1/3 c dry||225||4||1||2|
|Rice, brown||1/3 c dry||225||5||2||1|
|Quinoa||1/3 c dry||200||8||5||3|
If you are a quinoa consumer, please let me know your reasons for choosing quinoa.