When we pledge to abide by the rules of weight loss, then the first thing we start off with is by managing our diets. From our snacks to sugary items, everything becomes gluten free. We are constantly on the lookout for superfoods that will help to accelerate our weight loss journey. And if we look back, in 2020, two weight loss foods topped the charts – quinoa and brown rice.
But what if we ask you to pick one? Well, before you start figuring out the pros and cons of both these grains, we would like to save some of your time. And to help us out, we’ve got a nutritionist, Manisha Chopra who will help us solve this mystery.
So, let’s see who the winner is: quinoa or brown rice.
Nutrition is of utmost importance, and if we talk about nutritional value of quinoa, then one cooked cup contains almost around 220 calories, including approximately 72% water, 20 grams carbs, four grams proteins, three grams fibre, and two grams fat.
Here are some amazing benefits of quinoa:
Quinoa can be consumed anytime – at breakfast, lunch or dinner. But it is best to eat healthy food like quinoa before going to bed. It induces sleep, because it relaxes the muscles, due to its high magnesium and protein content.
“One can eat one-two cups of cooked quinoa in a day. Also, one should avoid eating quinoa if he/she experiences stomach ache, itchiness or vomiting after consuming it. That person may have a quinoa allergy,” suggests Ms Chopra.
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One serving of white rice contains over 53 grams of carbohydrates, four grams of protein, two grams of fibre and two grams of fat.
Brown rice is also at par with quinoa and here are its benefits:
The best time to consume rice is during lunch time. Our metabolism is faster during daytime, so the rice gets easily digested and also, our body needs energy to work for the next 8-9 hours.
“One cup of cooked rice is enough for a day. Diabetics and the ones who are trying to lose weight should avoid eating rice,” she recommends.
“In comparison, quinoa is richer in fibre, proteins, and other nutrients. Quinoa has fewer calories and carbohydrates than rice. So, quinoa is a healthier choice as it not only gives you extra nutrition, but also a small portion will fill up your stomach faster, and will also keep you full for a long time,” concludes Ms Chopra.
There you go! Now you know what you need to pick up from the grocery store, and include in your diet to lose weight.
And BTW, you are welcome!