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Rice
Rice is one of the most commonly consumed food grains, particularly in the Asian countries. However, it is also relished in other parts of world, even if its consumption is lower there. This is a staple food because it gets flavored according to the curries and sauces that are mixed with it. Rice is sold as white rice or brown rice. Nutrient values differ across these two types. Correspondingly, their effect on the health also varies. Brown rice is richer in fiber and the sugar or carbohydrate content has less effect on the blood sugar level, unlike white rice. Brown rice is also richer in phytochemicals, magnesium, B vitamins, and iron. White rice or polished rice has fewer quantities of these, though even this type of rice is now fortified with such nutrients artificially. Both types of rice have very little proteins so they cannot be said to form wholesome food. There are 210 calories in 1 cup of brown as well as white rice.

Pros
  • It can easily blend with curries and sauces, making it tasty and fulfilling;
  • It is not entirely devoid of nutritional value. It does have B vitamins, iron, magnesium, carbohydrates and fiber.

Cons
  • The sugar content in rice can increase blood sugar levels
  • It lacks adequate proteins Takes a rather long time to cook when compared to couscous.

Supporters

Anonymous

Rice

I have only had CousCous once in my life, it was ok, but i did not like the texture.
Posted by Anonymous on 09-14-2017
Mahshiemonalisa

staple of so many diets!

I absolutely love rice. I could eat it every day. It's a staple in some many diets across the world. It's very versatile and can be combined with so many flavors, veggies, and meats. You can even serve it as a sweet dessert, too. I like the texture of rice and the flavor of it much more than couscous. I enjoy couscous now and then when it's flavored well, but in general, I really prefer to eat rice. Fried rice is probably my favorite. I don't like it with pork - just veggies and egg.
Posted by Mahshiemonalisa on 09-14-2017
Mehano

Love rice

Rice is actually one of my favorite side dishes in the world... I prefer it over pasta or potato. I could eat rice every single day and not get bored of it. It's just amazing because the cooking of it is rather simple and you can fit it with any sort of meal. You can just cook it, you can fry it and more.

The best spices to add to rice is obviously salt but I have found out that sweet paprika or powdered curry works extremely well too.

I have tried couscous two or three times in my life and I'm not a big fan at all. It tastes very funny to me. Rice is the clear winner!

Posted by Mehano on 09-15-2017
BigDreamer

Rice

I choose rice. You can't eat a gumbo without a cup of rice. Couscous would not be good with a bowl of gumbo.
Posted by BigDreamer on 09-14-2017
peachpurple

Rice

I am in favor for rice. I had been consuming brown rice for a year. Previously I had been eating white rice but found out that my family members are gaining on weight so had changed to brown rice.

Rice is the staple source of food in Asian countries because it gives fuller content, energy and makes tummy feel full for a few hours before the next meal.

Posted by peachpurple on 09-15-2017
Denis_P

Healthier.

I do like couscous, especially Israeli couscous because they are bigger than the traditional one, but all in all I would have to say I prefer rice. I'm a huge lover of rice and I love every variety. I can eat it every day as a side to practically anything, and I'll never get tired of it. On the other hand, there is just something about couscous that makes me tire of it quickly. I eat it like two or three times a month just to mix things up a bit, but it doesn't attract me in the same way rice does. I think rice is just more versatile, and not to mention I believe it's healthier.
Posted by Denis_P on 09-15-2017
cmoneyspinner

Cheap and I know a lots of recipes

It is definitely a cultural attitude. Couscous, in my mind, is Middle Eastern. I love Middle Eastern food but I live in a house with a lot of people. When meals are cooked it has to be something everybody will eat. Whenever I eat couscous, it's a special treat. I like it. But I don't know many recipes. Rice, on the other hand, I can eat each and every day and I know lots of recipes. Also, rice is cheap and it's always in our pantry.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 04-15-2018
overcast

Rice

I have found that rice goes just fine with most of the dishes out there. You may notice that some of the food around the world works fine with the curry. I have seen variety of rice out there. And I have tried Chinese rice, Japanese rice and the Indian rice. And for me different types of the rice are going to play the part. You can see that it can add some value in the life.
Posted by overcast on 09-15-2017
wallet

Rice

I prefer the rice because I can use it for different recipes as a local meal called SARMALE, or stuffed pepper, or rice boiled with milk and cinnamon. There are not too many to do with couscous than a salad.
Posted by wallet on 09-15-2017
Joteque

Rice a regular staple!

Although couscous is healthier and takes less time to cook we have pretty much grown up eating rice. In fact sometimes unfortunately I don't feel like I have had a complete meal unless I have had some rice. I'm not sure if it's a mind thing or what but that's what it feels like. Couscous I will try every now and then plus it's a bit more pricey than rice so that's another strike there. I do feel like I have eaten healthier whenever I eat couscous but the fact is it's just not that fulfilling as eating some rice. I enjoy eating both moderately with rice moreso on the frequent side and couscous on the 'try some healthy food every now and then side.'
Posted by Joteque on 09-14-2017
rose thornes

rice for me

I grow up with rice always in the table from breakfast, lunch and dinner, its our staple here. The rice it self taste bland and you need to pair it with some dish to bring out the flavor but the rice is very versatile food. You can pair it with different dishes and it won't overwhelmed the flavor of the dish. I never had couscous and I have no idea what it taste.
Posted by rose thornes on 09-15-2017
JoeMilford

Give Me More Rice

RIce is a staple for me, for 45 years now, because I am pretty sure that I was fed rice as a baby in some form or another. I like the texture much better than couscous. Couscous is more like mush to me--sorry, but it is--but rice is a solid diet staple from where I come from.
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-17-2017
Pink_Turtle

Rice!

I would go for rice, I don't even know what couscous is!... Rice is a pretty popular meal to eat in my country and we eat it almost every day at lunch with some protein and salad. Also for what I've hear rice is cheaper where I live than couscous which has to give rice some extra points right there.
Posted by Pink_Turtle on 09-14-2017
zheh

Rice

It's the first time i heard about couscous. Here in Philippines meal is not a meal without rice. :) We are raised in eating rice even with a little dish cause rice can make you feel full. It's cheaper to have rice in your meal. We love eating rice with any dish. And i think nothing can replace rice.
Posted by zheh on 09-15-2017
felabruno

rice is amazing

It's delicious and you can prepare it in many different ways. It's the most popular side dish for other things like meat, chicken or fish. We eat it often at home when we have lunch. Actually, I have never met a person who doesn't like rice.
Posted by felabruno on 09-17-2017
DanoCath

Rice!

I'm a rice eater, so there's no way I'll choose a couscous which I'm not familiar with more than rice. Rice has always been a part of my routine, I will not be able to get on the day fully energized if I don't eat rice each meal. And rice is one of the most important basic needs of food.
Posted by DanoCath on 09-15-2017
Tania997

Rice is better

Rice is better, it is in everyone's diet for a reason and it just tastes better than couscous. I only tried it once and I didn't really like it.
Posted by Tania997 on 09-15-2017
blank629

All Rice!

I prefer to eat rice because to be honest, I like to eat many rice as I can. I always go for eat-all-you-can restaurants and these are the best of all. And also restaurants that offers unli rice. I am not contented if I have a few rice only. But until now, I don't even get fat. How funny it is right?
Posted by blank629 on 09-19-2017
Barida

Popular choice here.

Rice has been the popular choice here in Nigeria and one that every household cooks every Sunday to celebrate the weekend and I must say that taking rice gives a special taste than any other meal on a Sunday. It is quite unusual to see a family that does not prepare rice on a Sunday and that makes it the popular choice here. I enjoy taking rice.
Posted by Barida on 09-14-2017
PLScloni

RICE

I've been eating this since and there seemed to be no problem on me . I don't think processed foods are not that convincing as a nutritional food. In my country rice is the most important , where restaurants offer unlimited rice . And I don't usually have to buy rice because we own rice field so i have to eat rice.
Posted by PLScloni on 09-16-2017
geloi

Unli Rice!

A Filipino's meal is not complete if they don't have rice on their plates. You can mix anything on a rice to make it more tastier, In fact I sometimes just add powdered milk and sugar. There are some restaurants here that offers unlimited rice and it is one of the most go to place of the Filipinos when they are hungry.
Posted by geloi on 09-14-2017
Heatman

Majority Choice here in Nigeria

When you think about the most commonly consumed meal in my country Nigeria, it's definitely 100 percent Rice. It's so much that most family eat it 2 to 3 times in a week. Maybe it's because of its cheap rate and how easy it is in it's preparation. In say just about 1hour the meal is done and people will have their fill and go about their daily business.
Posted by Heatman on 10-16-2017
johnrajiv123

Rise of the Rice

As an Asian, rice is our most common food. It is not a seasonal food meaning it is available all throughout the year. It is also very easy to prepare and it blends with almost all kinds of food. Another benefit of eating rice is that a few cups of rice can fuel you for the entire day.
Posted by johnrajiv123 on 09-14-2017
ColdFlameChris

Rice

I've been eating rice regularly and I don't get sick of it. I eat plenty of rice especially there are great dishes on the table. I always look for rice whenever I eat and I also love garlic rice or yang chow or any type of rice with a complete package.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 11-02-2017
ajahcuizon

Rice

Here in our country, our meal will never be complete without rice. It is mainly part of our diet and we cannot consider a meal as a meal if it doesn't have rice with it. Also, plating rice is one of our leading businesses in which we do to provide enough rice meal to our fellow countrymen.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 12-04-2018
allyn2017

rice

in our country we always serve rice, from breakfast ti dinner and I got used to it.
Posted by allyn2017 on 11-16-2018

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Couscous

Couscous
Couscous is a processed food unlike rice, which grows as it is and only its husk is removed. Couscous is prepared by mixing flour with coarsely ground wheat or semolina. This mixture is then rolled and broken down into small round bead forms, which is what couscous is. There are two varieties of couscous as well, i.e., regular couscous and whole grain couscous. Regular couscous has only 176 calories in a cup whereas the whole grain variety has 227. However, the wholegrain variety has 4 times as much fiber when compared to regular couscous. But when compared to rice varieties, it loses out to brown rice. Couscous has a high protein content, however it would still be insufficient to make it a wholesome food without any additions. In so far as carbohydrates are concerned, regular couscous has about 37 grams of carbohydrates in a cup as opposed to 45 grams of it in the same quantity of brown rice. 1 cup of whole grain couscous could have as much as 49 grams of carbohydrates. Like brown rice “whole grain” couscous scores well as far as nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin B, and iron are concerned. Regular couscous is therefore fortified with such nutrients like white rice is.

Pros
  • It is a good way to reduce calories in one's diet, and consequently lose weight;
  • Protein content in couscous is higher than in rice.
  • Whole grain couscous has high fiber content, which is good for losing weight Is quick to cook.

Cons
  • Though it is high in proteins, the proteins in it are not sufficient for a proper human diet.
  • Though the whole grain variety of couscous has low “glycemic score”, regular couscous scores moderately. Therefore, it may be better to opt for whole grain couscous for controlling lifestyle diseases such as diabetes.

Supporters

AlexHarris

Couscous

I've been eating rice for the past month or so pretty much every day so I'm pretty sick of it. Couscous reminds me of grits and it can taste a lot better. If it were a comparison like basmati vs couscous because I couldn't get sick of basmati but every other rice is a starchy mess. My favorite couscous dish is the one with the peanuts and raisins with scallions and garlic.
Posted by AlexHarris on 09-14-2017
Wyvh

Couscous all the way.

I can hardly stand rice, so I guess i'll go for this one.
Posted by Wyvh on 09-14-2017

Comments

kgord
I think that rice is more universal and is one of the things that people around the world eat. It is just one of the options that everyone wants to eat, and is accepted all over. It is a truly good grain and one that is more user friendly than most. I think couscous is just one of the best things to eat with Middle Eastern food. It is simply one of the best things that you can have with your food.
Posted by kgord on 09-14-2017
Wubwub
I like rice a lot better, especially the really good types of rice like Japanese or Korean rice. I have only ever had couscous a few times, and while I enjoyed it somewhat, I don't think it will ever replace rice for me. I do like rice a lot and I grew up with it though so I am entirely biased, but I think even if I'm just tasting both at the same time for the first time, I would think that I still would end up choosing rice, still. I don't really know many people who would choose couscous over rice either, but I guess they are out there somewhere.
Posted by Wubwub on 09-14-2017
vinaya
We sometimes make a dish from Couscous. Usually, we cook Couscous in milk and add dried fruits and sugar. Couscous dish is generally eaten when people are fasting, or following some rituals. However, rice is a staple diet in my home country. Rice is eaten in every occasion. Rice with lentils and curry is the most common food items in my home country. Rice is also eaten with gravy chicken or lamb, which happens to be my favorite food.
Posted by vinaya on 09-14-2017
Corzhens
I am curious about couscous because I have come across with that term in some Middle Eastern restaurants, that is if my memory serves me right. But I am amused with your rice mixed with lentils. I wonder how it tastes. Is the rice with lamb what you call biryani or briyani? I think the Indians call it briyani while in Middle East restaurants they call it biryani. But it looks the same to me. My favorite is lamb biryani.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-19-2018
Jonathan Solomon
I was introduced to both at an early age. My late grandmother used to make the best couscous for meals. However, in this comparison, I think I slightly favor rice over couscous. Both can be very delectable depending on your meal altogether. However, I do eat rice more consistently. I love all types of rice too, from yellow, basmati, etc. The list goes on! Also, it's not primary, but somewhat considered the staple food where I live.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 09-15-2017
Corzhens
Taste matters much to me. Since I was born and raised on rice, I don't think there can be a substitute. I remember when I was in grade school, there was a rice shortage and my mother would mix corn mill with rice. We didn't like the taste but we had no choice because the grains were rationed by the government. But now that I have a choice, it is rice for me. Incidentally, I am on a diet now and I don't eat rice temporarily.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-15-2017
lovely
My love for rice in any form could be jollof rice,fried rice,coconut rice or native rice nothing can take the place of rice in my home though we eat couscous occasionally but rice is the staple in my home.I love rice because it quite filling because of the fibrous content,though without much nutritional value but we can't still help it.
Posted by lovely on 09-15-2017
morgoodie
I love rice. It is very versatile and can be added easily to many dishes or just eaten plain. I have only had couscous once and I didn't really like it that much. I like to use rice in a lot of dishes and even make soup with it. I can eat either brown or white rice but I like the chewy texture of brown rice better depending on what I am using the rice for. Brown rice is better for you and that is another reason that I like it better.
Posted by morgoodie on 09-15-2017
tophew
I never like couscous I am more on rice. Rice is very great match for every food that we eat although it has high content of sugar I think we can limit the intake of rice to avoid having diabetes and and also rice can be fried rice to be more healthier to eat.
Posted by tophew on 09-15-2017
honeybabe
I like rice, here in our country Philippines we love to eat rice it is our everyday meal our meal is not complete if we don’t eat rice in lunch and dinner. White rice is the most common food staple in the world. In fact, most cultures eat white rice several times per day. The health benefits of rice include its ability to provide fast and instant energy, regulate and improve bowel movements, stabilize blood sugar levels, and slow down the aging process, while also providing an essential source of vitamin B1 to the human body.
Posted by honeybabe on 09-15-2017
rogel
I don't promote process food like couscous which is not good for our health if we consume it everyday. Even plain rice if we consume more than our body needs is not also good. However between to option I would still pick the rice as my meal triangle is not complete without it.
Posted by rogel on 09-15-2017
overcast
For us we are raised to eat the rice at night. And we prefer to have some sort of gravy. And that is more than enough for me to eat with that. I have tried fried rice and also some of the good rice dishes and if you ask me that can be good enough in many ways. But I think curry and various types of the gravy is what makes up for the rice. And for that I think they are lot better too.
Posted by overcast on 09-17-2017
Sue
I have tried couscous but I really did not care for it. I prefer rice. I don't eat it very often but when I do i enjoy it. There are many different varieties of rice to choose from. I enjoy the plain white rice and then I add to it what I want. Fried rice is my favorite where it is mushroom, chicken or other veggies. I know many people who enjoy couscous but it wasn't for me.
Posted by Sue on 09-17-2017
narutos3nn1n
Haven't heard of that Couscous nor seen that before so I stick with rice. Rice is always the go to food mostly in Asian countries and almost all my life, I haven't had a day without rice. Well I do have time when I don't eat for almost two days but I'm always have rice as my main source of food. Lots of people say rice can make you fat but ever since I was kid, I often eat at least two servings of rice but to my luck all I haven't get past of being skinny or being called sometimes skins at bones by my childhood friends and up until now.
Posted by narutos3nn1n on 09-18-2017
chatbox
Rice is a grain while couscous is pasta. While couscous can have many possibilities, it's not the type of main dish I would like to have. I grew up consuming white rice and it is always eaten with an entirely different dish. Rice is not really meant to be consumed on its own. One can also create rice dishes like paella or risotto or eat plain rice with a main dish. Rice is a staple food in my country and more often, I would not feel full without eating rice.
Posted by chatbox on 09-18-2017
Jenien
Filipinos cannot last a day without eating rice. And I am a proud Filipino and I choose rice forever. Eating rice makes me energetic and powerful to do my households and other works. cannot be full without consuming rice. Rice with a main dish is a very good meal for us. C
Posted by Jenien on 09-18-2017
babyright
Since i was kid i have only known about rice and i eat rice at least twice every week. I dont really know much about couscous but i believe that rice is better and more nutritious than couscous.
Posted by babyright on 09-29-2017
Heatman
Honestly speaking, I really don't know what Couscous is, as today is practically my first day of hearing the word and come to think it's a kind of food people do eat is completely surprising to me. The Couscous is totally alien to me but as I have heard of it today, I would definitely be looking it up in order to know more about it.
Posted by Heatman on 10-16-2017
hermessantos
Even bearing the burden of being a carbohydrate, rice was redemptive in the face of gluten-free diets fever (after all, the cereal does not carry this substance as one of the weight loss villains).

In addition to the minerals, the cereal is also rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and E, which contribute to the formation of red blood cells and stimulate cellular regeneration. The best way to consume it is to bet on the traditional combination with beans or other legumes, such as lentils or chickpeas.
Posted by hermessantos on 03-06-2018
hermessantos
O arroz é rico em carboidrato que tem como benefício principal para a saúde o fornecimento de energia que pode ser gasta rápido, mas ele também tem aminoácidos, vitaminas e minerais essenciais ao organismo.

A proteína do arroz quando combinada com leguminosas como feijão, grão, favas, lentilhas ou ervilhas fornece proteínas completas para o organismo que são importantes para construção dos tecidos do organismo, e ajuda ainda a reforçar a imunidade e na manutenção das células.
Posted by hermessantos on 03-18-2018
hermessantos
Rice is rich in carbohydrate which has as its main benefit to health the energy supply that can be spent fast but it also has amino acids, vitamins and minerals essential to the body.

Rice protein when combined with legumes such as beans, beans, lentils, or peas provides complete proteins to the body that are important for building the body's tissues and also helps boost immunity and cell maintenance.
Posted by hermessantos on 03-18-2018
mildredtabitha
I have never tasted couscous but it looks delicious from the photo. I have only eaten rice most frequently and I can mention that it is a nice meal . Rice is plain and can be eaten with meat, mushrooms, avocado, green peas, eggs, vegetables or whatever you like it with.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 04-15-2018
Kakashi2020
I'm from a rice producing and eating country. Rice is our staple food and it's what we eat here. I've also eaten couscous in restaurants and it also taste good. But I'll vote for rice because it's cheaper than couscous.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 09-23-2018
allyn2017
I am a really big fan of rice, from breakfast-dinner I always eat rice.
Posted by allyn2017 on 11-16-2018