September 11, 2012

Pasta Is Not Always Healthiest – What If Its Whole Wheat

It is said that though we need to keep careful watch over how many carbs, calories and fat we take in, we can accommodate an occasional serving of pasta.

There are many brands of pasta in the market today and the most considered healthiest are those whole-wheat or whole-grain choice, meaning, they are twice the fiber content of white-flour pasta. Whole wheat pasta provides the higher nutritional benefits as whole wheat includes the bran and the germ which provides trace minerals, vitamin E, major B vitamins, proteins, healthy fats and antioxidants. Did you know that sprouted grains are possibly one of the healthiest foods on earth?
While it is claimed that some of these nutrients are added back into white pasta during the enrichment process to create an “enriched” pasta product, still it cannot compete with the natural benefits offered by its unrefined whole grains counterpart. Whole wheat pasta is a great source of whole grains. It is brown in color with texture that is a bit thicker than white pasta. The best thing when looking for the true whole wheat pasta is to ensure of the 100% durum whole wheat flour as the first ingredient in the label. The front package should say its 100% whole wheat.
There are varieties of whole-wheat and whole-grain pasta that carry varying degrees of earthiness, nuttiness and sweetness, and can have a slightly heartier, pleasantly coarse texture. Though some have a pleasant nutty flavor with chewy texture and more grain consistency, not everyone like the taste of this healthier form of pasta. Most Americans are used to white and neutral-tasting pasta which is the reason why not all of us may be consuming 100% whole-wheat pasta. The more you incorporate this taste into your pasta meals, the more you are getting used to the taste and texture of whole wheat pasta.
Since whole wheat pasta is a healthier alternative as it contains complex carbohydrates which is a good source of fiber, its health benefits prompted USDA to recommend eating whole grains at least half of the total grains one generally consumes. In recent studies, USDA found that those who consume whole grains reduce their risk of heart disease, constipation, and blood cholesterol. Fat Fit Tips says, whole wheat pasta isn’t just a great fat burning food, it is an awesome way to get your carb craving while satisfying your appetite without feeling stuffed.
When you already have your whole wheat pasta, the next thing to do is to master cooking pasta perfectly.

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