Group Buy WhatsApp Idea #1 – Couscous, A Healthy Alternative to White Rice

Group Buy Idea #1 - Couscous, A Healthy Alternative to White Rice
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Tired of always eating white rice? Switch it up with couscous. Share its health benefits with your neighbours and consider it for your group buy Singapore WhatsApp group!

Your group buy Singapore WhatsApp group must be filled with many mouth-watering foods and groceries. However, the types of products may get repetitive after a while. After all, there are only so many fruits or snacks you can buy. Try to breathe some new life into your group buy Singapore WhatsApp group with an EstateJio’s suggestion – couscous.

1. What exactly is couscous?

Couscous is a Maghrebi pasta that often accompanies meat, vegetables, or stew. Coarsely-ground durum wheat (semolina) is moistened and tossed with fine wheat flour until it forms tiny, round balls. Traditionally hand-rolled, they are largely made by machine these days.

Like rice and noodles, this is a convenient product to have stocked in your pantry. When cooked they look like fluffy golden spheres and have a pleasant nutty flavour.


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2. Types of Couscous

There are three types: Moroccan, Israeli and Lebanese.

Moroccan couscous is the tiniest and most readily available version. Since it has been pre-cooked and then dried, all you need to do is to re-hydrate in hot water for about 5 minutes.

Israeli couscous – also known as pearl – is about the size of peppercorns. Due to its size, it takes a longer time to cook. It also has a nuttier flavour and chewier texture.

You may also find whole-wheat versions of Moroccan or Israeli pearl couscous. They contain more fibre, protein, and micro-nutrients such as iron, manganese, and magnesium.

Lebanese couscous is the largest and takes the longest time to cook. The size of a pea, it is often boiled, drained and then mixed with oils and spices, or added to meats as a tasty starch in hearty stews and braises.


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3. Where to group buy couscous?

Have you ever thought of buying couscous together with neighbours on your group buy Singapore WhatsApp group?

Although white rice is mainly used in South-East Asian or Chinese cuisines, couscous can be a great grain alternative if you wish to switch things up. It’s versatile – great for a simple side, an easy salad, or even stuffed in vegetables.

When you shop at your favourite niche grocery e-retailer, enquire if they can offer bulk pricing so you can share the offer with fellow neighbours on your group buy Singapore WhatsApp group!

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4. Why eat couscous?

One cup (157 g) of plain couscous cooked with no added salt, seasoning, or fat contains:

  • Calories: 176
  • Fat: 0.25 g
  • Sodium: 8 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 36.46 g
  • Fibre: 2.2 g
  • Protein: 5.95 g

Here’re the reasons why you should include it in your diet:

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4.1 May help lower cancer risks

Just one cup (157 g) contains more than 60% of your daily recommended intake of selenium. Selenium is a vital mineral, as well as a powerful antioxidant that helps your body repair damaged cells and decreases inflammation.

A review of 69 studies including over 350,000 people showed eating selenium-rich foods may protect against certain cancers. A deficiency in selenium may increase the risk of prostate cancer and adequate amounts of selenium, in combination with vitamins C and E, has shown to decrease the risk of lung cancer in smokers.

Selenium is also essential for proper thyroid gland function, protecting it against damage and helping to produce hormone.


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4.2 May help lower coronary heart disease

Selenium may also help lower your risk of heart disease by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress in your body. Its antioxidant function can also help reduce the buildup of plaque and “bad” LDL cholesterol on artery veins and walls.

According to observational studies, a 50% increase in selenium concentrations was associated with a 24% reduction in coronary heart disease risk.


couscous may boost immune system

4.3 Boosts your immune system

Selenium can also play a role in boosting your immune system. Studies have shown that an increase in selenium in your blood level enhances immune response while a deficiency may harm immune cells and their function. It also plays a role in the regeneration of vitamins C and E, increasing your immune system’s function.


couscous is a good source of plant-based protein
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4.4 Good source of plant-based protein

Couscous is a good source of plant-based protein, which can be included in vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets. Having a diet that is high in plant-based protein has been linked to a lower risk of chronic diseases. One cup serving (157 g) contains close to 6 g of protein.


couscous vs white rice

5. Is couscous better than white rice?

The short answer? You can’t really compare. It’s like comparing apples with oranges!

But if you are trying to watch your weight, couscous will be a better choice than white rice. A cup of cooked couscous has fewer carbs and calories than white rice. Couscous, especially whole-wheat, also contains more protein and fibre than white rice.

Both contain gluten, hence unsuitable if you have a gluten intolerance. White rice ranks higher on the Glycemic Index (GI). This means that its carbs convert more quickly into blood sugar. According to Harvard Health Publications, couscous has a GI rating of 65 per 150g while white rice has a GI rating of 72.

Couscous and white rice share many similarities in the way they’re prepared and used in cooking. In general, choose rice if you want a firmer, chewier texture; couscous if you want a softer grain that will readily soak up juices.

Ultimately, moderation is key. You can substitute one for the other to expand your culinary experience. Both assume the flavours of the sauces or seasonings you add. If you’re looking for an easy-to-prepare grain alternative to white rice, a few spoonfuls of couscous onto your plate do the trick!

So what do you think, isn’t couscous a great addition to your group buy Singapore WhatsApp group?


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