Couscous vs Rice (White): All Nutritional Differences

Where is more calories, protein, carbs - what is more healthy?

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Couscous - calories, kcal, weight, nutrition
Rice (white) - calories, kcal, weight, nutrition

Fact 1: There is Less Calories in Couscous

At first glance, you can see that in couscous is less calories than in rice.

Couscous has 112 kcal per 100g and rice 130 kcal per 100g so it is pretty easy to calculate that the difference is about 16%.

In couscous and in rice most calories came from carbs.

See tables below to compare couscous with rice in details.

Fact 2: Couscous And Rice Nutrition Difference

Rice vs Couscous: Vitamins and Minerals Comparison

per 100gCouscousRice (white)
Calories112 130
Carbohydrates23.22 g28.17 g
Fat0.16 g0.28 g
Dietary fiber1.4 g0.4 g
Protein3.79 g2.69 g
Water72.57 g68.44 g
Calcium8 mg10 mg
Iron0.38 mg0.2 mg
Magnessium8 mg12 mg
Phosphorus0.1 mg3 mg
Potassium58 mg35 mg
Sodium5 mg1 mg
Zink0.1 mg3 mg
Vitaminium B1 (Thiamine)0.063 mg0.02 mg
Vitaminium B2 (riboflavin)0.027 mg0.013 mg
Vitaminium B3 (Niacin)0.983 mg0.4 mg
Vitaminium B60.051 mg0.093 mg
Vitaminium B9 (Folic acid)0.015 mg0.003 mg
Vitaminium E0.13 mg0.04 mg

More protein in couscous

It is aslo easy to see see that in couscous is more protein than in rice.

There is 2.69g per 100g of rice and 3.79g per 100g of couscous so using simple math we can see that difference is about 41%.

Less carbohydrates in couscous

In couscous is less carbohydrates than in rice.

There is 28.17g/100g of carbohydrates in rice and 23.22g/100g in couscous so let me do the math for you again - difference is about 21%.

Less fat in couscous

In couscous is less fats than in rice.

The tables above show us that there is 0.28g/100g of fats in rice and 0.16g/100g in couscous. In this case difference is about 75%.


  • Calories112
  • Carbohydrates23.22 g
  • Fat0.16 g
  • Dietary fiber1.4 g
  • Protein3.79 g
  • Water72.57 g
Couscous calories per:
100g | ounce | tablespoon | glass | cup cooked | cup raw

Calories source

  • 85% CARBS.
  • 14% PROTEIN
  • 1% FAT

Rice (white)

  • Calories130
  • Carbohydrates28.17 g
  • Fat0.28 g
  • Dietary fiber0.4 g
  • Protein2.69 g
  • Water68.44 g
Rice (white) calories per:
100g | ounce | handfull | tablespoon | glass | cup | cup | half cup

Calories source

  • 89% CARBS
  • 9% PROTEIN
  • 2% FAT

Vitamins: rice vs couscous

Minerals: couscous vs rice

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All information about nutrition on this website was created with help of information from the official United States Department of Agriculture database.

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