Eating couscous provides you with essential nutrients to help maintain your overall health. This whole-grain food is native to northern Africa and is commonly found in Middle Eastern cuisine. Couscous is small pasta made of semolina, a form of wheat. It can be eaten as a side dish, salad or dessert, and you can use it in place of rice or quinoa.
Including couscous in your diet provides several health benefits. A 1 cup serving of couscous provides 43 mcg of selenium, or 61% of the 70 mcg daily value as well as 91mg of potassium, or 39% of the 3,500 mg of the FDA recommended daily intake. Both minerals are essential to the metabolism of your body and regulate important functions that keep you healthy, balanced and feeling well.