Is Quinoa Fattening?

One of the hottest names in health food these days is quinoa, but is it fattening?

Quinoa is considered to be made up of the most ideal combination of protein, fat and oil.  It is considered to be a wonderful weight loss food in comparison to many varieties of corn, grain and soy.

In one cup of cooked quinoa there are 225 calories and only 3 grams of fat.  That is not a lot of fat.  Even better, the fat content found in quinoa is not saturated or considered to be trans fat.  The fat content in a cup of quinoa is actually mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fat.  This is the good stuff your body needs to promote a healthy heart and regulated cholesterol levels.  Your heart and body love and thrive on this kind of fat.

Per cup, quinoa contains a healthy supply of protein and fiber.  In one cup there are about nine grams of protein and six grams of fiber. This combination promotes weight loss because the digestive tract must work overtime to break down the food.

In order to metabolize quinoa, the body must use a lot of energy and burn excess calories to do so.  In this respect, quinoa is not considered to be a fattening food.  In fact, when combined with a healthy diet, quinoa can actually help promote your weight loss efforts.

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