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July 23, 2012 2:59 PM
I hear a lot of good things about quinoa, just wondering what the huge difference is between other similar products.. I see a lot of people say quinoa instead of brown rice, for example...

Generic - Quinoa Cooked, 0.5 cup
Carbs:111
Fat:20
Protein:4
Sodium:7


Rice - Brown, medium-grain, cooked, 0.5 cup
Carbs:109
Fat:23
Protein:2
Sodium:1
  22353872
July 23, 2012 3:03 PM
Never had quinoa but I really want to try it. Putting it on my shopping list. I know im not much help haha
  23569225
July 23, 2012 3:06 PM
They're really very different IMO. Quinoa is higher in protein than brown rice, and in addition to that, it contains a "complete" protein (all the essential amino acids) while brown rice does not. Quinoa is also very high in iron and trace minerals. I think both are great, and variety is important, so I suggest eating both!
Edited by soygurl On July 23, 2012 3:08 PM
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July 23, 2012 3:07 PM
You need to label your units of measurement. What does 20 fat mean? it's obviously not 20 grams. Percent of total calories? Number of Calories? Why do you not have total calories or list fiber? None of this is helpful or a useful comparison.


QUOTE:

I hear a lot of good things about quinoa, just wondering what the huge difference is between other similar products.. I see a lot of people say quinoa instead of brown rice, for example...

Generic - Quinoa Cooked, 0.5 cup
Carbs:111
Fat:20
Protein:4
Sodium:7


Rice - Brown, medium-grain, cooked, 0.5 cup
Carbs:109
Fat:23
Protein:2
Sodium:1
Edited by maremare312 On July 23, 2012 3:08 PM
July 23, 2012 3:07 PM
quinoa is the ONLY grain that is considered a complete protein, which means it contains all 9 essential amino acids.
i considered much more nutritionally sound than brown rice.

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  1679800
July 24, 2012 5:09 AM
QUOTE:

You need to label your units of measurement. What does 20 fat mean? it's obviously not 20 grams. Percent of total calories? Number of Calories? Why do you not have total calories or list fiber? None of this is helpful or a useful comparison.


QUOTE:

I hear a lot of good things about quinoa, just wondering what the huge difference is between other similar products.. I see a lot of people say quinoa instead of brown rice, for example...

Generic - Quinoa Cooked, 0.5 cup
Carbs:111
Fat:20
Protein:4
Sodium:7


Rice - Brown, medium-grain, cooked, 0.5 cup
Carbs:109
Fat:23
Protein:2
Sodium:1



Sorry was in a rush, fixed that now though... (grams im assuming as MFP uses grams)

Generic - Quinoa Cooked, 0.5 cup
calories: 111
carbs: 20
fat: 3
protein: 4
sugar: 0
sodium: 7

Rice - Brown, medium-grain, cooked, 0.5 cup
calories: 109
carbs: 23
fat: 1
protein: 2
sugar: 0
sodium: 1
  22353872
July 24, 2012 5:14 AM
QUOTE:

They're really very different IMO. Quinoa is higher in protein than brown rice, and in addition to that, it contains a "complete" protein (all the essential amino acids) while brown rice does not. Quinoa is also very high in iron and trace minerals. I think both are great, and variety is important, so I suggest eating both!


^^^this!
  17594844
July 24, 2012 5:15 AM
I have no idea healtwise but I dont like rice or pasta so its a godsend for me. It can taste quite bland, I use low sodium chicken stock and some cooked onions and its gorgeous.. enjoy!
  10361807
July 24, 2012 5:17 AM
I'm experimenting with quinoa. For taste, I'd have brown rice anytime and everytime. But quinoa is a better source of protein, so I'm persisting with it - I don't think it's a direct substitute really, doesn't work fo me as a side dish or in salads etc, seems better as a baking ingredient. I'm finding I use it where otherwise I'd use breadcrumbs.
July 24, 2012 5:17 AM
Quinoa cooks a hell of a lot quicker than brown rice, too! A big plus in my book.

Complete protein from a grain! And not just any grain, a DELICIOUS grain!

Quinoa is perfect for substitutions and integrations. It can be used for almost anything other grains are traditionally used for. Highly versatile. It comes in different varieties. It's a whole grain. What's not to love about it?
  9275261
July 24, 2012 5:21 AM
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July 24, 2012 5:29 AM
We use both. I make some type of stir fry at least twice a week. We love our chicken, tuna, veggies and rice or quinoa!
  4001156
July 24, 2012 6:35 AM
I don't particularly care for the taste of it, so have only had it a few times. It's supposedly healthier, but I'd rather have the brown rice as far as flavor and texture goes..
  19202879
July 24, 2012 7:20 AM
Had some quinoa last night cooked up with a healthy dose of garlic. It was pretty awesome.
July 24, 2012 7:28 AM
If you would like to turn brown rice into a complete protein, eat it with beans.

Like all above said, higher in protein, fiber and fat.

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