Low Glycemic Foods Question

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Is couscous a low glycemic food?

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Couscous is a middle eastern whole grain which has a moderate glycemic index. If you rehydrate it from one of those lunch cups by just pouring boiling water in it, it has a glycemic index of 65 which is on the high moderate side. If you buy the grain and make it yourself it has a glycemic index of 58. A low glycemic index is 55 and lower so this would make it low moderate which is perfectly acceptable when you're trying to lower your blood sugar.

It's a good choice especially if you make it yourself and serve it with some fish or other protein to lower the glycemic index even further. You might try pan toasting it for more flavor! Just add it directly to your pan without liquid and heat it over medium heat. Stir it briskly while it browns. You can let it cool before you add water to cook. This will add a nice nutty flavor.

You can buy a quick cooking couscous that's really easy. Put 1 1/2 cups in a bowl and just pour in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water and let it stand with a plate over it for 10 minutes. That's it! I love to make salad with it this way. Fluff it up and when it's cool enough to handle make sure all the lumps are out. You may have to rub your fingers with olive oil and gently rub it between your fingertips.

Then you can add chopped 3 T. - 1/4 cup fresh parsley, whatever raw veggies you have on hand, salt and pepper to taste, 1/4 cup olive oil and about 3 T. of fresh lemon juice. Two teaspoons of cumin, 2 T. of chopped fresh mint and a teaspoon of turmeric are the best seasonings for this salad. Stir well and serve warm or chilled. This is a great salad to make on the weekend and save for your lunches during the week. It will make enough for 4 - 6 servings.

I got this recipe from Joy of Cooking many years ago.

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