Our expert says:
Thank you for your kind words, they really make my day! Quinoa has become a popular grain because of its relatively high protein content. The basic nutritive content of uncooked quinoa per 100g is: Energy 1571 kJ, total fat 6 g, saturated fat 1g, total carbohydrate 69 g, dietary fibre 6 g, and protein 13 g. It is, however, not very different to other cereals such as uncooked oats per 100g: Energy 1757 kJ, total fat 10.4 g, saturated fat 1.8g, total carbohydrate 61.6 g, dietary fibre 10.2 g, and protein 10.7 g. You can see that oats have an even higher total and saturated fat content that quinoa. When these 2 cereals are cooked and have absorbed very large amounts of water (e.g. the water content of cooked oats is 85.3%), then all the above mentioned values are reduced a great deal (for example the energy content of cooked oats is only 274 kJ per 100g!), so I would presume that quinoa can be eaten in quantities similar to other cereals without causing weight gain provided you use small portions. So you can certainly use quinoa if you are trying to lose weight to replace other cereals at a frequency of say 3 times a week. I would classify quinoa as a cereal and NOT as a vegetable.
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