Kaniwa brings a 15.3% protein content and a nutritionally well-balanced level of essential amino acids. Its nutritional value is equivalent to that of milk proteins, which allows it to substitute animal proteins. The lipids consist mainly of unsaturated fatty acids, which has various physiological functions such as the maintenance of cell membrane fluidity.
Its high dietary fibre content contributes to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood.. Third, qañiwa grain is an notable source of phenolic compound (phenols) and its antioxidant activity is high, both of which has important health effects.
100-gram (3.5 oz) portion of kaniwa seeds contain:
- Protein: 15.4 g (31%)
- Crude fat:6.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 61 g (20%)
- Crude fiber: 7.7 g (31%)
- Thiamin (B1): 0.7 mg (48%)
- Riboflavin (B2): 0.4 mg (25%)
- Niacin (B3): 1.4 mg (7%)