Oats and Quinoa are two well-know super-foods that boast a wealth of health benefits!
Question is, which makes for a better breakfast? Both are highly nutritious and quite filling, making both a great choice for the most important meal of the day!
*Quinoa tastes like a cross between brown rice and oatmeal – with a subtle nutty, creamy taste.
For centuries Oats have been one of the most widely used grains.
Oats are generally roasted after harvest, which provides the very familiar and distinct flavour.
Oats have been a major part of peoples diets for hundreds of years, ranging from oatmeal breakfasts and breads to muffins, pancakes and even breakfast drinks!
Quinoa is often classed as a grain – it’s actually a seed, which comes from a plant known as Chenopodium quinoa. Seeds are usually a pale yellow colour, similar to most grains.
Quinoa seeds have quite a bit of history, going back to the Ancient Inca’s.
Traditionally Quinoa seeds are regarded as a sacred food and the ‘Mother of all Grains’ believed to give more health benefits than other grains.
|Typical values||Quinoa Porridge Flakes = per 50g serving||Oat Porridge Flakes = per 50g serving|
of which saturates
of which sugars
|Dietary fiber||3.5 g||1.9 g|
|Protein||5.1 g||4.4 g|
|Salt||0.01 g||0.005 g|
Aids in a Healthy Heart ✔️
Both Oats and Quinoa are super-foods, and both are good for helping maintain a healthy heart – at all ages.
- Quinoa – helps protect your blood vessels from inflammation and helps fight heart disease.
- Oats – being high in fiber acts like a clumping agent and clumps cholesterol, sweeping it out your body.
Oats are so powerful that medical evidence shows people can reduce their cholesterol by roughly 8% – 23% – just by eating one bowl of oatmeal!
Diabetic Friendly ✔️
Both Oats and Quinoa have a low glycemic index, which means they are ideal for those who need to maintain a healthy and controlled blood sugar level.
- Quinoa – glycemic index is roughly 53
- Oats – glycemic index can range from 55 to 79, depending on how it’s processed
Improves Digestion ✔️
Oats are a well-known super-food full of fiber, which helps aid digestion – which can help with management of various health issues.
- Quinoa – 3.5g of Fiber per 50g (Big Oz Quinoa Flakes)
- Oats – 1.9g of Fiber per 50g (Big Oz Porridge Flakes)
Gluten Free ✔️
Last but not least – both Big Oz Quinoa Flakes and Big Oz Porridge Flakes are gluten free, wheat-free and organic!
Being gluten free is important for a lot of people who cannot tolerate foods with gluten content, which is especially harmful to those with celiac.
In Summary – Which is Healthier?
Quite simply, there is no definitive answer as to which is healthier, when it comes to Oats or Quinoa.
It really comes down to personal preference and dietary needs, both Oats and Quinoa have been super-foods for centuries. Used in food, supplements and many types of holistic medicines.