Black Quinoa Nutrition Facts

Ningthoujam Sandhyarani Jun 10, 2019
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Loaded with complete protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, black quinoa nutrition facts are highly impressive. This write-up provides information regarding the same.
The incorporation of black quinoa in daily diet is an easy way to ensure good health. Loaded with some of the healthiest nutrients, this pseudocereal is suited to be called a superfood. While cream-colored and sweet quinoa are the most popularly served varieties, there are also red and black quinoa types.
Quinoa is not actually a grain or cereal, rather it is a plant that bears seeds (not grains). Taxonomically related to leafy vegetables (spinach and beet), the foliage portion of this plant is edible and highly nutritious. The black quinoa can be an excellent substitute for rice.

Calories

This grain-like seed is high in carbohydrates. ΒΌ cup of dry quinoa contains about 160-180 calories, whereas 1 cup (approximately 170 g) contains 637 calories. Cooked quinoa has high-calorie content.

Nutrition Facts

On an average, the protein content in this pseudocereal is 16-18 percent of the grain weight. This high protein percentage makes black quinoa a healthy food option.
This pseudocereal is the ideal source of nine essential amino acids, which are crucial for optimal health. There is hardly any food alternative that yields all these essential nutrients. The amount of lysine, methionine, and cystine amino acids are much higher in these seeds compared to other grains. This grain-like seed is a rich source of dietary fiber.
Also, it contains low quantities of sodium and negligible amount of gluten. So, people who are diagnosed with gluten-sensitivity have a healthy alternative in the form of this grain, which doesn't show any allergic reaction. It is a perfect whole grain option for people who are prone to heart diseases since it contains minimum sodium and zero cholesterol.
In addition, black quinoa is loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals. It features a host of vitamins including riboflavin and other B vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin E. It is also a rich source of calcium. Other essential minerals such as manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, copper, potassium and zinc are also present in it.
The nutrition provided by these seeds is considered superior to the sweet and red quinoa types. Although there is no clear nutrition data that supports this claim, they help combat several medical conditions like obesity, migraine, gallstone, cardiovascular diseases, postmenopausal symptoms, inflammatory condition, and childhood asthma.
As far as preparation is concerned, you can follow the same method used for cooking rice. The basic trick is to boil 1 cup of black quinoa with 2 cups of water. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Well-cooked seeds are soft, slightly nutty in taste, and have a fluffy consistency.
Disclaimer: This is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.