Quinoa and millet are whole grains, like unpolished rice. Like rice, they contain bran, germ and endosperm, said a Health Promotion Board spokesman.
“By removing the bran and germ, white rice contains more calories for the same weight of its whole grain counterpart,” he added. “Conversely, quinoa or millet would contain more nutrients, but fewer calories for the same weight of white rice.”
Quinoa has a lower glycaemic index (GI) than white rice. Millet has a medium to high GI, said Jaclyn Reutens, a dietitian from Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants. Still, these are grains that can add variety to a person’s diet. A healthy diet is also a varied diet.