If there were to be one very good nutritional benefit of Quinoa it would be that it is a complex carbohydrate.
Don’t go yet, I will explain how this works.
Two carbohydrate types
There are 2 sorts of carbohydrates, simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. The simple carbs are made up of a mix of processed and refined foods that we see on our supermarket shelves such as in instant meals, white flour, white rice, processed meats etc. These foods contribute very little value in our diet and the majority of carbs are converted to fat.
Complex carbs work differently because they are digested into your body slowly. They are whole foods that have not been subjected to processing. They leave you feeling fuller for longer.
If you use Quinoa as an example it falls into this group – It is a whole natural product that has had nothing more done to it than being harvested, cleaned and packed. Quinoa carbohydrates are complex carbohydrates. There are a large number of excellent grains that provide similar benefits but for some you may want to check that they are labled whole grain or whole foods, to be certain they are complex carbohydrates.
Complex carbohydrates can be introduced early on into a low carb diet such as Atkins or Lighter Life as it is a pure, whole food. It is what these special low carb diets refer to as, good carbs. Not all carbohydrates are created equal but Quinoa is one you can rely on as being one of the good carbs. What about trying our Quinoa Diet?