COUSCOUS- ‘The Food So Nice They Named It Twice’
Originated as a dish of Northern Africa, COUSCOUS are small balls of durum wheat or semolina flour. Pronounced as koose-koose, it is recognized as an icon food and a traditional delicacy in Mediterranean regions and North Africa. Couscous was traditionally made from the hard part of the wheat, the part that resisted the grinding of the millstone.
With Couscous, it is possible to prepare an everyday meal or a luxury feast, the main course or a dessert. A versatile dish, couscous can be mixed with vegetables, legumes, meat, or fish, or it can be eaten with butter or fresh fruit. Couscous can be served both as a side dish or as a main dish. As a culinary ingredient Couscous is a quick and delicious alternative to rice or pasta- beneath meat, vegetables or sauces. It can be added to salads but traditionally it is associated with stew-like dishes. Couscous can also be eaten as a sweet dish with fruits and milk or as a breakfast porridge.
It is chewy and firm in texture. It is amazingly easy to cook. Typically it is available in pre-steamed or prepared varieties so a small amount of hot water is required to fluff up the pre-cooked and dried couscous balls.
There are three main types of couscous – Moroccan couscous (smallest—and cooks in minutes), Israeli couscous (called pearl couscous and larger – cooks in about 10 minutes) and Lebanese couscous (larger than Israeli couscous – the longest to cook.)
Health Benefits Of Couscous
Couscous is rightly believed to offer numerous healthy essentials that denote a healthy food choice. Its good nutrition, antioxidants, and the fact that it possesses great anti-ageing features makes it a healthy precious purchase of the pantry. Its high nutritive value makes it a superfood in preventing Cancer, Improving Heart Health, preventing Bacterial Infections, maintaining Fluid Stability in the body, Losing Weight, Building Muscles, Improving Immunity and Healing Wounds.
Maintains Cardio Vascular Health
Selenium is a component that dominates in Couscous. Selenium is not readily found in most foods but its presence is very important for health. It is associated with Fertility, Heart Health, Immune System Function, Thyroid Functions and Cognitive Functions. Selenium is abundantly found in Couscous. A serving of Couscous might give us almost 60% of the Seleniums requirement in the body. Selenium is a mineral that serves to maintain a healthy heart. It acts as an Anti Oxidant and aids in maintaining healthy blood vessels by preventing the formation of Plaque. It also helps in Lowering Bad Cholesterol (LDL). Thus Couscous helps to Prevent Heart Attacks and Stroke.
Couscous also stores a lot of Potassium and acts as an essential nutrient. Potassium plays a vital role in maintaining the health of Blood Vessel thus making it very useful for those suffering from Cardio Vascular issues.
Couscous is rich in Selenium which is useful in a metabolic system that leads to proliferation; this is a form of protection against certain cancers. Sufficient amount of Selenium in the body helps to produce quality Anti-Metastasis and Acts Against Cancers like Prostate Cancer, Lung Cancer and Carcinogenic in smokers.
Selenium contains the best Anti Oxidants that fight toxins in the bloodstream. Selenium regenerates Vitamin ‘C’ and Vitamin ‘E’ which maintains the body’s resistance. This gives Couscous the quality to help maintain the body’s resistant to diseases.
If you are looking to lose weight, Couscous can be a grain of choice. It is Superior to grains like Quinoa and Rice because it contains less than 200 Calories in one serving. Couscous is also low in Sodium, Cholesterol and Saturated Fat. Rich in Fibre, Couscous helps in keeping you full for a longer time. This reduces the chances of overeating and frequent binging. It is very useful for vegans and vegetarian dieters as couscous is a plant-derived grain.
Health benefit of Couscous also speeds up wound healing such as scratches, incisions, accidents and other injuries. This happens because of the high Protein content in Couscous. An extra dose of Protein in couscous also gives a powerful boost to muscle development.
Improves Digestive Health
In addition to rich in Protein, Couscous is rich in fibre which helps in good digestion and prevents constipation. The high fibre content helps in Intestinal functions, cleans arteries, moves food throughout the day and keeps one healthy.
Maintains Body Fluid Balance
This is very important because the body is made up of 90% fluid. Maintaining a balance of body fluids is a necessity and should not be underestimated. The Potassium content in Couscous helps in stabilizing liquids in the body. Stable fluid maintains stable blood pressure in the body.
Couscous, however, is not gluten-free, thus not a great choice for gluten intolerants. It is also high in Glycemic index and is therefore advisable for diabetics to consult a health advisor before consuming it. The benefits of Couscous, however, outweigh the downsides of Couscous thus making it a healthy and delicious food choice.
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