When it comes to healthy eating, it can be hard to decide what to eat. Quinoa and couscous are two popular grains, but which one is healthier?
When it comes to health benefits, quinoa is the clear winner. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot make on their own. It is also packed with other vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc, and B vitamins. Quinoa is also a great source of dietary fibre, which can help to promote digestive health.
In comparison, couscous is not a complete protein and is lower in vitamins and minerals than quinoa. It also contains less dietary fibre.
Quinoa and couscous are both used in salads as a good base ingredient. Couscous has a more bland taste to accompany most dishes, quinoa has a slightly nutty flavour but also has plainer varieties such as whole grain and white quinoa that can also be used in versatile ways. In addition to these plainer varieties quinoa also comes in other textures and flavours, adding their own spin to a dish and their uses can be extended to soups, porridges and baked goods, unlike couscous.
Overall (and with no bias…) quinoa is the better option when it comes to an overall choice of grain. It is a complete protein, packed with essential vitamins and minerals, and is a great source of dietary fibre. Quinoa is a great choice for those looking for a healthy and nutritious meal.