Couscous vs Spaghetti, Pasta: All Nutritional Differences

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

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Couscous - calories, kcal, weight, nutrition
Spaghetti, pasta - 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 spaghetti.

Couscous has 112 kcal per 100g and spaghetti 158 kcal per 100g so it is pretty easy to calculate that the difference is about 41%.

In couscous and in spaghetti most calories came from carbs.

See tables below to compare couscous with spaghetti in details.

Fact 2: Couscous And Spaghetti Nutrition Difference

Spaghetti vs Couscous: Vitamins and Minerals Comparison

per 100gCouscousSpaghetti, pasta
Calories112 158
Carbohydrates23.22 g30.86 g
Fat0.16 g0.93 g
Dietary fiber1.4 g1.8 g
Protein3.79 g5.8 g
Water72.57 g62.13 g
Calcium8 mg7 mg
Iron0.38 mg0.5 mg
Magnessium8 mg18 mg
Phosphorus0.1 mg7 mg
Potassium58 mg44 mg
Sodium5 mg1 mg
Zink0.1 mg7 mg
Vitaminium B1 (Thiamine)0.063 mg0.02 mg
Vitaminium B2 (riboflavin)0.027 mg0.02 mg
Vitaminium B3 (Niacin)0.983 mg0.4 mg
Vitaminium B60.051 mg0.049 mg
Vitaminium B9 (Folic acid)0.015 mg0.007 mg
Vitaminium E0.13 mg0.06 mg

Less protein in couscous

It is aslo easy to see see that in couscous is less protein than in spaghetti.

There is 5.8g per 100g of spaghetti and 3.79g per 100g of couscous so using simple math we can see that difference is about 53%.

Less carbohydrates in couscous

In couscous is less carbohydrates than in spaghetti.

There is 30.86g/100g of carbohydrates in spaghetti and 23.22g/100g in couscous so let me do the math for you again - difference is about 33%.

Less fat in couscous

In couscous is less fats than in spaghetti.

The tables above show us that there is 0.93g/100g of fats in spaghetti and 0.16g/100g in couscous. In this case difference is about 481%.


  • 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

Spaghetti, pasta

  • Calories158
  • Carbohydrates30.86 g
  • Fat0.93 g
  • Dietary fiber1.8 g
  • Protein5.8 g
  • Water62.13 g
Spaghetti, pasta calories per:
100g | ounce | cup | half cup

Calories source

  • 80% CARBS
  • 15% PROTEIN
  • 5% FAT

Vitamins: spaghetti vs couscous

Minerals: couscous vs spaghetti

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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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