Health Benefits of Couscous

Today, let’s talk a little more about couscous , this food so famous in different regions of the world, being part of the daily diet of many people.

It has also become one of the friends of people who want to waste time, considering that their portions are low in calories, and that this food brings much more satiety than others, such as rice.

Here, we will give you some essential information about couscous, so that you can decide whether or not you want to include this food in your diet, taking advantage of its many benefits.


Couscous is a kind of flour, used in the composition of several types of food dishes, and is present in the culture of North and South America, in addition to several regions of Arab culture.

It is made from a mixture of various types of grain, such as rice, wheat, corn, among others.


Couscous, in addition to being a very tasty food, brings several benefits to our health and our organism, such as:

  • Helps improve and regulate blood pressure;
  • Helps control heartbeat and breathing;
  • Increases the gain of lean mass, essential for those who want to lose weight and tone their body;
  • Assists in healing, accelerating the process;
  • It is a source of energy, helping to perform more stressful activities, such as physical exercise;
  • Improves bowel constipation;
  • It has nutrients that help improve memory and cognition.

Among many other benefits, which happen from the inclusion of couscous in a balanced diet, without excesses or exaggerations.


According to nutritionists, corn couscous is a source of several types of nutrients for our body, such as:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Iron
  • Fibers
  • Magnesium
  • Proteins
  • Vitamins

It is still a gluten-free food and can be normally consumed by people who are intolerant to this component.


Yellow couscous is corn couscous, one of the most used here in Brazil and also in Arab culture.

Being made from corn, it is usually kneaded and mixed with water until it reaches the desired consistency, which is usually in small flakes.


Any food consumed in excess can lead to uncontrolled weight gain.

However, many studies have indicated that the consumption of couscous, in reasonable amounts, is a great aid for those trying to lose weight and control their weight, when it helps in the feeling of satiety, the cooking increases its volume and energy value.

Just remember not to add too many supplements to it before consuming it, so that it doesn’t get too caloric and can help with weight loss.


As we said above, any food consumed in excess and without guidance can be bad for our health, causing imbalances and various types of problems.

Regarding couscous, there is a discussion among health and nutrition experts, where some claim that couscous is very bad for people with gastritis, contributing to the increase of crises.

While other experts say that couscous itself is okay for gastritis sufferers, only when combined with dairy products such as milk.

When in doubt, analyze your body’s reaction, and talk to your nutritionist.


Today, many people are creating what they call whole couscous, which is a mixture of couscous with other types of food, such as oatmeal and chia.

This type of mixture serves to reduce the caloric value of the food, transforming it into a consumption item for dieters looking to lose weight.


One of the reasons why couscous is considered such as a powerful food, associated with good nutrition and aiding in the weight loss process, is because of its nutritional complexes.

It is believed that couscous has what are called complex carbohydrates, which help to release sugar in a more moderate way in our body, favoring absorption.

These complexes are also full of vitamins, such as A and B1, responsible for helping the nervous system and cell regeneration.

Combined with selenium and potassium, also present in the composition of couscous, we have antioxidant benefits.


Steam it with the couscous pan (special pot for preparing couscous), and then use it as a base to make various recipes, which make the couscous even tastier, and can be a complete meal or even for breakfast.

  • Chicken couscous with raisins and almonds  use half a kilo of chicken, 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, various seasonings (such as cinnamon, cumin, saffron, salt, pepper), 50g of raisins, 1 teaspoon of honey, 150g of broth of chicken, 200g of couscous, 400ml of water, 80g of almonds, zest and juice of half a lemon. Chop the ingredients and season the chicken with salt, pepper, frying them for about 3 minutes in a pan with oil. Then add garlic and onion, along with the other seasonings, leaving to cook for 5 minutes. Then add the chicken stock, and leave for another 15 minutes. Toast the almonds in a separate pan, and in a container place the couscous with lemon, salt, pepper and hot water, covering and letting it cook for 5 minutes.At the end, add the almonds and raisins to the chicken, and serve it hot along with the couscous.
  • Couscous with coconut milk  200g pre-cooked flaked cornmeal, 1 tablespoon sugar, 100ml coconut milk. Mix the flour with the sugar, drizzle this mixture with the coconut milk dilution in 50ml of water. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Place in the couscous pan, and cook for at least 15 minutes over medium heat. Then just do.

There are several recipes out there for making couscous, considering that it goes well with meat, vegetables and vegetables of all kinds.

Just choose the best option, and try to prepare them in order to include this food in your diet.


As you can see, couscous is a very complete food, rich in several nutrients, which can help in the correct nutrition of our body and weight loss, when necessary.

So look for couscous recipes that you like and, thus, be able to include this food in your diet.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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