Couscous: a Small Pasta with Substantial Health Benefits

Couscous: a Small Pasta with Substantial Health Benefits

Couscous is certainly popular as a side dish or even as a main course. Despite its popularity, though, couscous is no ordinary food fad. Full of nutrients, couscous offers numerous health benefits. In addition, it is the qualities that couscous doesn’t have that make it outshine other similar dishes, such as rice and quinoa.

If you want to get in on all of the hype, or just want a healthier option to fill out your plate, couscous may be for you. Not only is couscous high in protein, potassium, and antioxidants like selenium, it is also low in calories and fat when compared to alternative side dishes. This article goes further into couscous’ nutritional content, health benefits, and how it can be used in your cooking.

Nutrients & Benefits

Couscous is technically fine pasta, made from granules of semolina flour. Because of this, it is a relatively good source of non-red-meat protein (12% of your daily needs in one serving). In addition, it notably contains 61% of the recommended daily value of an antioxidant called selenium and 39% of the recommended potassium.

These nutrients all contribute to a better-working overall system in their own ways. At the same time, though couscous has other health benefits to offer. A single serving of couscous only contains 1 gram of fat. The majority of the only 176-calorie dish comes from its carbohydrates.


As far as preparation goes, couscous has to be one of the all-time easiest foods to cook by itself. Because of its small grain size, you really need only apply warm water and it is ready-to-eat in minutes. What this means for you as a cook is that there are endless, simple ways to doctor up your couscous and make it your own. Here is one idea, for example:

Company Couscous


Company Couscous

This classic recipe for couscous is a real winner. Full of healthy ingredients like olive oil, basil, tomatoes, and peppers, this dish tastes great and is good for you!

 Check out the recipe here!

CATEGORIES: Recipes, Healthy Foods, Vegetarian