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Health Benefits of Couscous

The couscous is made mainly of flour, water and salt. If you want, other ingredients can be added, and this can change the taste.

Also in this scenario, the couscous flour, at the time of preparation, absorbs a lot of water, and this can cause the amount of carbohydrate to decrease. Since couscous is a complex carbohydrate, it often takes a significant amount of time to digest.

Thus, once it is combined with lean protein, such as chicken or cheese, the body energy tends to increase. If combined with physical activities, lean mass levels increase.

WHAT IS COUSCOUS

Couscous is a widely known and appreciated food in Brazil, especially in northeastern Brazil. As it is very tasty and versatile, it is constantly visible on the Brazilian table.

Various accompaniments can make the couscous even tastier, such as mutton and pepperoni sausage, for example.

It is worth mentioning that couscous is made from corn flakes, which is a cereal rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and fiber.

BENEFITS OF COUSCOUS

See the benefits of couscous below:

1. Strengthens the immune system

Based on studies carried out, in addition to nutritional value, it has antioxidants and other compounds that support the immune system.

2. Improves cardiovascular health

It is known that with is the main ingredient in couscous, which, in turn, is a source of fatty acids and lipids. It is noteworthy that lipids are associated with a decrease in coronary heart disease, given the possibility that fibers present bind to bile salts.

3. Gain in lean mass

The consumption of couscous provides energy for those who are physically active, as it is food rich in carbohydrates. Additionally, couscous helps in the muscle recovery period. It is worth mentioning that this process will only happen if the consumption of couscous is balanced with protein intake, such as eggs or chicken, for example.

4. Optimizes the healing process

Considering that the flour used in the preparation of couscous has antioxidant compounds, it works by optimizing the wound healing process.

5. Helps in the intestinal tract

Couscous is a fiber-rich food, so it helps with constipation. This is due to the effects of fiber present in corn, which can be accentuated if associated with a healthy diet.

6. Speeds up metabolism

Couscous has a considerable amount of fiber. Thus, energy expenditure is enhanced with the digestive process. In this sense, in addition to the metabolism being accelerated, it contributes to the proper functioning of the intestine.

7. Helps in the blood pressure regularization process

Couscous has important components to control blood flow, as well as being rich in vitamins.

COUSCOUS PROPERTIES

See the properties of couscous below:

  • Helps in the process of depression;
  • Improves brain function;
  • Ally of vegans and vegetarians; and
  • Prevents insomnia.

TYPES OF COUSCOUS

See the types of couscous below:

  • couscous tapioca

To prepare this couscous, it is necessary to use flaked tapioca flour. If you want, it can be used as a dessert option.

  • Moroccan couscous

This couscous has guaranteed space in Brazilian cuisine. It differs from the others because it is made with wheat semolina. If you want to make this couscous sweetly, you can use sugar, yogurt or even fruit.

  • Couscous Nordestino

This couscous is usually steamed with salt and a little water. As it is a quick and easy option to prepare, it can be consumed for breakfast. It is worth mentioning that in markets and specialized stores there are pans that help in the preparation, whose name is couscous.

  • Couscous Paulista

Couscous from São Paulo uses ground corn flour in its preparation. It is the most common type of couscous in supermarkets. In addition, it can be prepared with cassava flour, rice and cassava.

It is worth noting that cassava flour is essential in the preparation of this couscous. As for the stuffing, there are several options, such as tuna or jerked meat, for example.

COUSCOUS SLIMS

Based on research done, when couscous is steamed, it swells due to water absorption. In this scenario, as the energy density is lower, it becomes a very good option for those looking to lose weight.

We add that couscous can be eaten with egg, dried meat, dried meat or mutton. For vegan and vegetarian people, it is possible to eat with vegetables or fruits. For those who like to eat couscous as a dessert, it can be consumed with chocolate or dulce de leche. As we can see, depending on the foods that accompany the couscous, it may not be positive in its food restructuring process.

It should be noted that, in a process of dietary change, consulting a nutritionist is essential. Therefore, a properly qualified professional will be able to recommend the best food to suit your weight loss process, as well as a personal trainer to assist in the practice of physical activities.

COUSCOUS HARM

If couscous is not consumed properly, it can cause harm, such as weight gain. As with other foods that are sources of carbohydrates, such as white rice and potatoes, for example, couscous should be eaten sparingly.

In this sense, it is important that attention is focused on the follow-ups. Depending on your options, couscous can be fattening and, depending on your purpose, be a poor choice.

COUSCOUS IN PREGNANCY

It is known that the gestational cycle requires care and some concerns, whether for pregnant women or for those around her. All caution is welcome, especially with regard to food. It is important to highlight that, during this period, it is essential not to eat too much, or for two, as we have heard around. Ideally, a balanced diet suggested by the obstetrician is maintained.

In view of the nutrients needed for a full pregnancy, many doctors suggest the proper consumption of some foods and couscous is part of them.

See below how couscous can be part of a pregnant woman’s breakfast:

First, at breakfast, it is suggested that a carbohydrate source be consumed, which can be couscous, whole grain bread, tapioca or cake. Additionally, it is recommended to consume up to two protein sources, such as milk and its derivatives. Finally, a cereal source, which can be oatmeal.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF COUSCOUS

Note the nutritional value of couscous below:

  • Carbohydrates – 25g
  • Calories – 110 kcal
  • Iron – 0.2 mg
  • Fibers – 2.0 g
  • Fats – 0.7 g
  • Magnesium – 2.5 mg
  • Proteins – 2.0 g

HOW TO PREPARE COUSCOUS

To prepare the couscous you must reserve the following ingredients:

– 3 servings of corn flakes to 1 liter of water; and

– 1 puff of salt.

The method of preparation consists of moistening the corn flakes with water at room temperature. Once that’s done, set aside five to ten minutes. Take the couscous pan and pour water up to the mark, which should be indicated on the pan. Then add the couscous separator, the cornmeal and a pinch of salt. Let it cook for ten minutes. Finally, if you want, make the filling to taste.

In order to help the body even more, regular physical activity is essential. Try to include walks in your routine and, before long, you’ll notice surprising improvements.

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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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