We have seen that Mochi pearl barley is a beneficial swap-in for rice and a more nutritious option for most grains.
Now, we are turning our attention to Pearl Barley vs. Quinoa. The first point to note, is actually a common misconception. Many believe that quinoa is a grain. It is not.
Quinoa is actually a seed that is harvested from a plant called goosefoot. We eat it like a grain, and many certainly treat it as an alternative to grains, however, and is therefore a worthy candidate of the side-by-side comparison.
When you stack up the nutritional facts, pearl barley comes out on top once again. While both offer numerous health benefits, Mochi Pearl Barley contains more protein and fiber than quinoa.