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couscous v brown rice

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2007/02/12 23:11:39 (permalink)

couscous v brown rice

hey guys, usually when i try to eat well, i use couscous instead of rice.

But i never seem read anything really using this. i find it much easier to eat than rice, and quicker to cook.

From what im reading on the packet, couscous sounds better than brown basmati rice. Is it, or is there more to it that i am missing.

Heres what i got on the pack per 100g as sold:

Couscous
Energy:365
Protein:15.1g
Carbohydrates:73.1g
of which sugars:2.8g
Fat:1.1g
of which saturates:0.2g
Fibre:0.8g
Sodium:0.1g

Brown Basmati Rice
Energy:355Kcal
Protein:9.4g
Carbohydrates:73g
of which sugars:0.8g
Fat:2.4g
of which saturates:1.1g
mono-unsaturates:1.4g
polyunsaturates:1.1g
Fibre:2.3g
Sodium:trace

Might be that i've baught the wrong rice or something.

Not much diffirence in them, but was just curious why couscous isn't mentioned much when its so easy to eat and cook
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    Yib
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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/12 23:15:09 (permalink)
    A lot of people may not like it or may not know about it/not know how to prepare it. I quite like cous cous and use it every now and then but I prefer the taste of rice. I also know many more ways to prepare rice so I can use it more often and not get bored of it.

    When you say it sounds better - in what way do you mean it's better?



     
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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/12 23:20:18 (permalink)
    When you say it sounds better - in what way do you mean it's better?


    i'm guessing he means because the protein content is higher - should not be a consideration IMO, you don't eat cous cous or rice as a protein source.

    gwilym86 - if i'm wrong, then I apologise, but i can't see any other real differences in the nutritional breakdowns ...
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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/12 23:21:24 (permalink)
    less fat, higher in protein.

    I know they are for carbs mainly, but they both have similar amounts of carbs, but couscous has the extra protein. helps gfet the protein for the day.
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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/12 23:23:20 (permalink)
    bigmal, i was just wondering if rice was "better" for your diet than couscous for some other reason. like its GI thingy.
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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/12 23:25:01 (permalink)
    not a complete protein source though.

    personally i don't even count protein grams from bread/rice/pasta etc.

    for complete protein sources eat chicken, lean meat, fish, dairy, eggs etc.
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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/12 23:35:27 (permalink)
    yes i know that, but was just wondering if there was a reason why couscous wasnt mentioned much if at all. As it seems to be better than brown rice.
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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/13 09:28:07 (permalink)
    As it seems to be better than brown rice.


    you keep saying this but i still don't see why.

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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/13 10:00:09 (permalink)
    for what its worth I prefer couscous because its so easy to cook, very quick in fact, people say you shouldnt count the protein from it in your diet but I think thats an absurd idea as if your eating a lot of it, regularly, it all counts - and can be a useful addition in conjunction with pure protein sources.

    My favourite meal is couscous with tinned salmon, spring onion and diced peppers in a olive oil and lemon dressing, yum!
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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/13 10:08:51 (permalink)
    people say you shouldnt count the protein from it in your diet but I think thats an absurd idea as if your eating a lot of it, regularly, it all counts


    not about the amount, it's about the incomplete amino acid profile.

    but if you are combining with other complete protein sources then it's fine.
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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/13 12:12:41 (permalink)
    i agree with big mal here as the cous cous doesnt have a complete amino acid profile and so cant really be used suficiently by the body, whereas a protein source like egg whites tend to have a fairly good amino acis profile and so are a quality protein source. BTW correct me if im wrong- still learning
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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/13 12:19:08 (permalink)
    Yes, even other incomplete protein sources can compliment the incompleteness of the cous cous - so as long as you vary your diet then you should be fine really.. beans, lentils, and chick peas are usually quite good to add as they've got the lysine that lacks in the grains.


     
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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/13 12:21:55 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: denono

    i agree with big mal here as the cous cous doesnt have a complete amino acid profile and so cant really be used suficiently by the body



    Do you mind expanding on this please as I'm not quite sure what exactly you mean by this.


     
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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/13 12:47:07 (permalink)
    The thread is really about couscous vs brown rice though, both are winners imo.

    not fussed on brown rice though - too long to cook
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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/13 18:10:33 (permalink)
    its not a vs question - use both.
    better is a loaded statement - better for what, whats your criteria for judgement, imo both are excellent choices!

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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/13 19:54:49 (permalink)
    big mal, i know i am saying seems better, thats because i dont know if it is or isn't, and thats why i posted this thread.

    Was just wondering if there was any big negatives compared to using brown rice. Thats all, think my question was answered, and there doesn't seem to be much of a diffirence.

    Just hate the taste and texture of brown rice, and takes way 2 long 2 cook!
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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/13 21:19:45 (permalink)
    by that i mean that it cant really be used as a complete protein source if consumed alone as there isnt a complete amino acid profile. Alternatively it could be used well if it was consumed with a complete protein source
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    RE: couscous v brown rice 2007/02/13 22:43:51 (permalink)
    i have no plans as using it as a source of protein, just instead of brown rice.
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