Quinoa VS Brown Rice

Dec 02,2019 04:02:50 PM

Quinoa VS Brown Rice

Quinoa has become popular for it’s versatile nature and ability to take on different flavors it’s usually cooked with. It’s really impressive of it’s health profile and takes on the brown rice as a replacement for diets!


So how is it different to brown rice?

Fibre: Here we start to see the differences. Brown rice has been promoted over white because it still contains the germ, which houses much of the grain’s nutrients and ups it fibre content. A cup of brown rice has 14 per cent of your recommended daily fibre intake. That’s impressive, but quinoa does rice even better, with 21 per cent.

Protein: People often don’t realize that grains can be a strong source of protein!. A cup of brown rice has 5 grams of protein, and when eaten with beans it provides you with a meal that has all the amino acids required for human health. Heard of the dish rice &  beans? But quinoa not only has more than 50 per cent more protein with 8.1 grams per cup, it’s also one of just a few plant sources that’s a complete protein!

Vitamin B1: Both of these foods are important sources of thiamine or vitamin B1, which is needed by the body for nervous system and muscle function and electrolyte balance.

Riboflavin: Riboflavin, previously called vitamin B2, is another of the essential B vitamins. Brown rice doesn’t have much, with just 3 per cent of the recommended daily intake, but quinoa provides 12 per cent. Riboflavin helps you produce energy and is an antioxidant that fights harmful free radicals in your body.

Iron: Quinoa is a plant-based source of iron, which gives you a way to get this nutrient in your diet while consuming less or no meat; one cup provides 2.8 milligrams of iron or 15 per cent of your recommended daily intake. Brown rice has a little bit of iron as well, with 5 per cent.