Quinoa and Carbohydrates

One of the best nutritional benefits of quinoa is that it is a complex carbohydrate. Don’t go yet I will explain what this means.

2 Types of Carbohydrates

There are 2 types of carbohydrates , Simple Carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. The simple carbs include many of the processed and refined foods that we find on our supermarket shelves. ready meals, white flour, white rice, processed meats and so on. These foods have little value in our diet and most of the carbs are converted to fat.
Complex carbs on the other hand are digested into your body slowly. They are whole foods that have not been processed. They leave you feeling fuller for longer.

What Type of carb is quinoa

Quinoa falls into this group. It is a complete natural product that had simply been harvested. cleaned and packed. There are a good many other excellent grains that have similar benefits but for some you need to check that they are called whole grain or whole foods to be sure they are complex carbohydrates.
Complex carbohydrates can be included early on into a low carb diet such as Atkins or Lighter Life because it is pure whole food. It is what these special low carb diets call good carbs. Not all carbohydrates are created equal but quinoa is one of the good carbs.

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About Ken

My name is Ken and I am the author of The Quinoa Cookbook. My book is the top selling book worldwide on how to cook quinoa and has over 70 quinoa recipes included.
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  3. ErMoo says:

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  4. Tom Jarrell says:

    Does processing quinoa adversely affect the GI benefts of quinoa. I’m thinking specificly about pasta made with quinoa flower.

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