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Black Quinoa

Black quinoa apart from the darker hue has a crunchier texture with a strong flavor compared to white quinoa. Black quinoa has an incomparable taste but is not easily available. You can find it in limited farmers markets. Many chefs consider it a unique culinary experience.

Black quinoa cooks quickly although it has slightly higher fiber content. The unique black color is due to the presence of anthocyanins that prevent UV damage and oxidation of the plant. Anthocyanins are also said to protect the body against free radicals, chronic diseases, heart disease, cancer, diabetes etc.

Nutritional Values

Black quinoa provides similar nutritive benefits as other types of quinoa. It is a source of complete protein, containing all the amino acids required by the body. Apart from this it contains B vitamins, dietary fiber, vitamin E, iron, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc.

Quinoa is also rich in manganese, copper and folate. It has small quantities of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. It has greater quantities of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats compared to grains like wheat.

Black quinoa also contains anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Since it is gluten free, it is a good source of protein for those with gluten intolerance and who avoid dairy products like vegans.