Couscous vs Quinoa
Choosing between couscous vs quinoa depends on what health benefits you want, and what recipes you are trying to prepare.
- Couscous is made from semolina flour and has been an important part of the cultural preparation for thousands of years, particularly in North Africa.
- Couscous is extremely high in gluten, due to being made from hard durum wheat. The semolina is rolled with water until it forms small pellets, and is then dried.
- A single cup of couscous contains roughly 6 grams of protein and about 175 calories. It also offers 6 grams of protein and a low level of fat, notably less than quinoa.
- In terms of how it is used, couscous is often used as a replacement for rice, but due to its light consistency, it can also be a base for salads, breakfast cereals, and even in place of certain kinds of pasta.
- Quinoa is the gluten-free seed of the goosefoot plant and has become much more popular in recent years due to the rise of celiac disease diagnosis.
- Quinoa is rich in critical nutrients, offering nearly 4o grams of carbohydrates per cup, as well as 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.
- Unlike other types of rice or pasta, quinoa is rather fast-cooking, only requiring 10-15 minutes to prepare.
Which is Healthier?
Quinoa and couscous can be used interchangeably in dishes as both are small-grained and have a light nutty flavor. However, cooking times and directions vary according to recipes. But quinoa seems to be the more nutritious choice because:
- Quinoa is praised for being a complete protein, meaning that it contains all the amino acids necessary for protein synthesis in the body. For this reason, quinoa is generally considered a better food source for vegetarians and vegans than couscous.
- Quinoa is beneficial for people who are looking for a nutrient-dense, gluten-free option.
- Quinoa has double the amount of fiber as compared to couscous and can keep you feeling full longer.