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Health Food Tip – Quinoa vs. Couscous – What’s the better alternative?

With the avalanche of information about the types of food we should be consuming on the web it can be easy to get confused. Quinoa (Keen-wah) and Couscous (Koose-koose) are rich in carbohydrates but there are important differences. Here is a comparison that could help you make an informed decision.

Quinoa, is considered a superfood and was termed as the mother of all grains’ by the Inca Empire. Although not technically a grain, it can be considered a whole grain’ food or as some would call it a pseudo-cereal or seed’. It contains iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber and B-vitamins. For those looking to manage their appetite level, Quinoa’s protein level is high enough to slow down the digestion process, which keeps you fuller for a longer time.

Quinoa

If you have trouble with your insulin levels Quinoa would be the superior choice as its Glycemic number is 53, which can be seen as quite low. An important difference between Quinoa and other grains is that it contains a very high level of Fiber although most of this fiber is insoluble. Quinoa pseudo-cereals can come in three different colors: white, red and black but there are no nutritionally significant difference between them.

Couscous, like Quinoa is also a source of carbohydrates popular among vegetarians and typically found in North African diets. It contains Vitamin B-6, Iron and Magnesium and is extremely low in terms of saturated fat. One reason for this is that it contains a high level of protein without the added calories. At the same time, Couscous’s glycemic number of 65 is considerably higher than that of Quinoa. Every cup of couscous offers two grams of dietary fiber, which, while indigestible benefits one’s weight management.

The better alternative between these two would be Quinoa because of its higher level of protein, cheaper to buy and easy to cook.

Couscous