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11 Health Benefits & Nutritional Facts of Quinoa

Quinoa is a plant that has been around for thousands of years. It used to some areas in South America, but ever since its nutritional value has been globally recognized, it has become prevalent all over the world. Quinoa is a flowering plant that produces seeds that edible and incredibly nutritious. Since the beginning of the 21st century, Quinoa has been consumed in larger quantities in North America, Europe, and Australasia; this increased the value of this plant. If you are not aware of the health benefits of Quinoa, this article will expose you to some of the benefits and nutritional value. [1]

Nutritional Facts

The level of protein present in Quinoa is very high, especially when you consider that it is plant food. It contains all the 20 amino acids; this means that the essential acids that cannot be manufactured by the body cells are abundantly present in Quinoa. Interestingly, it is also high in fiber which is necessary for good digestive health, and it also contains essential vitamins that are needed by the body.

Some of the nutrients present in a one-cup (185 gram) serving of cooked quinoa are:
39 grams of carbohydrate
5 grams of dietary fiber
3.6 grams of fat
8 grams of protein
77.7 micrograms of folate
2.8 milligrams of iron
1.2 milligrams of manganese
281 milligrams of phosphorus
0.2 milligrams of vitamin B6
0.4 milligram of copper
0.2 milligrams of thiamine
318 milligrams of potassium
1.2 milligrams of vitamin E [2]