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Couscous and Keto Diet - Are They Keto-Friendly

Article author photo Elen Khachatrian by Elen Khachatrian | Last updated on April 24, 2022
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU

Is Couscous Keto?

Couscous has a high net carbohydrate content of 34 grams per cup (serving size).

Couscous should be avoided while on the Keto diet, or you should limit your intake to 1/4 cup as part of a larger meal.

Grain-based foods such as couscous, bread, rice, and pasta are not on the list of approved Keto foods.

One serving size of couscous (157 grams) provides:

Calories: 176

Protein: 6 grams

Fat: 0.25 grams

Total carbs: 36.5 grams

Net Carbs

A standard Keto Diet recommends a net carb consumption limit of 20g-30g per day (for 2000 calorie diet). Caviar has 34g of net carbs per serving, so too much consumption can kick you out of Ketosis, particularly since the one-cup serving of couscous could potentially risk you losing your state of ketosis.


Couscous contains high net carbohydrate content and a lack of fat, the opposite of the keto diet.

Couscous is not a keto-friendly food because it is high in net carbs and low in fat.


Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: April 24, 2022
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