It is not technically a grain, but it is made from grains. It is made from wheat, barley, and other grains. Traditionally, it was made from the hard part of the grain that was not ground up in the mill.
It has a long shelf life, comes in different sizes and types and has nutritional value. The couscous available is mostly in instant form for easy, quick cooking and is even possible with a variety of flavour packets.
Because it has a long shelf life, many people wonder if couscous is healthy or if couscous can make you gain weight. The short answer is – YES, couscous is healthy and NO, it doesn’t cause you to gain weight.
For those who want to lose extra kilos, especially in the stomach area, couscous consumption is actually recommended. The quantity of fat in this food is less, even less than rice or pasta. In this sense, replacing noodles or noodles with couscous is a good remedy to reduce size and, in this way, get nutrients from this food. You can have a cup of couscous with salad, soup or pieces of meat or tuna.
Couscous (pronounced “KOOS-koos”) is a durum wheat based, granular starch – though it can be made from other grains. It’s boiled or steamed and makes up an essential part of North African, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as being popular worldwide in modern times.
While technically couscous is a form of pasta, it is healthier as it consists of durum wheat that is crushed into granules. Looking into the very heart of a wheat grain reminds us how great (and nutritious) couscous is. Understanding the process of making the couscous makes you keenly aware of the vast differences in high quality couscous when compared to pasta made with white flour.
Some people wrongly believe that couscous leaves you feeling full and tired because it is closely related to pasta. However, couscous can actually contribute to good digestion!
Couscous contains about 10% of the daily fiber, which the organism needs to consider a cup of food. Containing fiber contributes to the good digestion of foods eaten by people and reports benefits to the gastrointestinal system.
In addition, this element helps to quantify the peristaltic movement of the intestine, which is the contraction of smooth muscles through which food moves along the digestive system.
In addition to that, couscous is a food that leaves you feeling more energetic. Thanks to its high content of carbohydrates such as starch and vitamin B1, is a food that provides energy. For this reason, it is a recommended diet for those who practice sports and require the injection of energy before and after working with musculature.
Many people wonder about the origins of couscous and its use today. Couscous is a traditional food in the Mediterranean and Arabic regions of the world. It is popular in the Middle East and North Arica but from there – it came to spread around the world and became a principal meal for Moroccans, Algerians, and Tunisians. Couscous is known as the official Moroccan national dish and as Tunisia’s unofficial national dish.
Today there are countless regional and local versions of the dish, which show multiple variations of tradition. And on Italian soil, Martino has started a new tradition of bringing together the two halves of one whole and introduce what is now known as Mediterranean couscous. The meeting point between the Middle East and the West.
Martino Couscous is a high quality product that is not only authentically Italian but produced to the highest quality standards and traditions. We have combined our know-how with a meticulous production process to produce couscous that is completely different from the style, tastes and presentation of couscous typical of Arabic cultures. Martino Couscous is an Italian product that is full of spirit, wonderfully versatile and delicious in any meal.
If you want to eat a healthy diet but tend to eat the same foods over and over, Martino’s couscous can be a good start to introduce some variety into your eating habits. With our specifically designed Conventionally Flavoured, Ready-to-Eat, Organic, Al naturale, Bio Flavoured and Prestige – you can experience all the benefits of a varied diet.