Is Couscous Healthy?
Couscous is easy to store and very convenient to prepare, but is it a healthy food? Find out what you need to know.
What is couscous?
Couscous is a food originating from Maghreb regions of North Africa, and has become popular around the globe. It’s made from semolina flour from durum wheat and water, making it completely vegan. Fun fact alert: while it is often thought of as a grain, it is actually a type of pasta.
Does couscous have any nutritional value?
Couscous is a carbohydrate that contains good levels of fibre as well some protein, which is great for those on a plant-based diet. It also includes some minerals, including zinc, calcium and magnesium, and also some vitamins including vitamin E.
Is couscous healthy?
Yes, couscous is a great food to incorporate into your diet as it is easy to cook with, delicious to eat, and can be great in a balanced diet. It may be better to use plain couscous and add whatever flavours you want yourself rather than buy flavoured couscous, as these tend to have added salt and sugar to them. Also, look out for wholewheat couscous for couscous that is highest in fibre.
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by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.