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Despite technically being a seed, quinoa is usually classified as a whole grain. It has a high nutritional content and low calorie count. It's a particularly good source of plant-based protein and fiber, with one cup of cooked quinoa providing about 8 grams of protein. The same amount also contains 118 mg of magnesium, making it a good source of this essential mineral.

In addition to these nutrients, quinoa is rich in fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and is gluten-free, making it a smart carbohydrate choice. Its dietary fiber content may also help improve your digestion.