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Does quinoa have carbs?

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There are 39.4 grams of carbohydrates in a 3/4-cup serving of quinoa. Although it does contain carbohydrates, quinoa has a low rating on the glycemic index. It is also a good source of manganese and other nutrients, including phosphorus, folate, zinc and copper.

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Antioxidant phytonutrients, protein, fiber and healthy fats are also found in quinoa, making it a positive alternative to the more traditional high-carbohydrate side dishes such as rice and potatoes. Quinoa does not contain gluten, so it's a good option for those with celiac disease. Animal studies are being conducted to research quinoa's anti-inflammatory properties, as of 2014.

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