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March 4, 2012 1:15 PM
Why is it said that whole wheat pasta is better for you than regular? I look at the nutrition labels of both and while both are close regular pasta has less potassium and more thiamin?, riboflavin?, niacin?, and folic acid?? Is wheat pasta really better for you? And if it is, why?
Edited by The_Ub On March 4, 2012 1:15 PM
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March 4, 2012 1:17 PM
It has more fiber and helps you feel full longer. And I have gotten to where I prefer the taste and texture of whole wheat pasta.
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March 4, 2012 1:19 PM
WW does have more fiber, but i havent made the full switch to it. i like it, i like whole grain, i like white. i buy whats on sale and dont feel guilty about it.
white pasta usually has extra vitamins added to make up for the fiber and stuff i guess.
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March 4, 2012 1:21 PM
Sorry, I don't eat much pasta, but I can't get past the taste of whole wheat. Nasty.
March 4, 2012 1:23 PM
This is a great point. I am very into eating "whole foods" and that is exactly what happens with white pasta and bread. They strip it down basically depleting it of nutrients and then try to add them back in at the end. But your body never absorbs or processes the "added" nutrients like it can in the natural form nature intended. Whole wheat pasta is just that, just whole wheat pasta, no additives (the brand I buy anyway). Just something to think about.
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March 4, 2012 1:23 PM
Also, enriched white pasta has had the nutrient taken out and put back in. Therefore they are in less of a natural state and not as easy for your body to use properly.
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March 4, 2012 1:24 PM
QUOTE:

WW does have more fiber, but i havent made the full switch to it. i like it, i like whole grain, i like white. i buy whats on sale and dont feel guilty about it.
white pasta usually has extra vitamins added to make up for the fiber and stuff i guess.

This is a great point. I am very into eating "whole foods" and that is exactly what happens with white pasta and bread. They strip it down basically depleting it of nutrients and then try to add them back in at the end. But your body never absorbs or processes the "added" nutrients like it can in the natural form nature intended. Whole wheat pasta is just that, just whole wheat pasta, no additives (the brand I buy anyway). Just something to think about.

Sorry, meant to quote this post.
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March 4, 2012 1:25 PM
Whole foods are better for you. The less processed and lesser ingredients the better.
March 4, 2012 1:26 PM
Wholewheat products are nearer their natural state & less refined, white foods generally have been over processed & during that procedure loses much of its goodness. This is why they are fortified with "extra" vitamins but the uptake of these vitamins isn't efficient because the food isn't in/near its natural state, oh the irony!

Eat what you like but wholewheat is better for you & IMO tastes better, white foods are so bland!

Russ
March 4, 2012 1:26 PM
My favorite is the Rozini smart taste, it taste like regular pasta but is way less calories and has added fiber to make you feel fuller. I think it is a great happy medium!
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March 4, 2012 1:44 PM
I LOVE the Corn pastas. I can't eat wheat and I swear these taste so much better than regular pasta :)
Brands I think that are the best; to me anyway are "DeBoles" and "Quinoa Harvest". Yum!
March 4, 2012 1:45 PM
Me and my partner made the switch ages ago but the annoying thing is that it is no where near the price of ordinary pasta. In fact while I'm on a rant, why does all 'better choice' food cost more money!?!
Edited by Guitarjon On March 4, 2012 1:45 PM
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March 4, 2012 1:46 PM
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Sorry, I don't eat much pasta, but I can't get past the taste of whole wheat. Nasty.


Same here. I'm all for whole wheat, but I just don't like the pasta. I eat it maybe once a month, and we use white.
March 4, 2012 3:07 PM
The regular pasta is enriched, which means that the vitamins are added in artificially, more or less.

I like whole wheat pasta because.... warning, tmi ahead...... it makes me poop. I need a certain amount of fiber, and whole grains are the easiest way for me to get it without getting a whole bunch of gas.
March 4, 2012 3:11 PM
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QUOTE:

WW does have more fiber, but i havent made the full switch to it. i like it, i like whole grain, i like white. i buy whats on sale and dont feel guilty about it.
white pasta usually has extra vitamins added to make up for the fiber and stuff i guess.

This is a great point. I am very into eating "whole foods" and that is exactly what happens with white pasta and bread. They strip it down basically depleting it of nutrients and then try to add them back in at the end. But your body never absorbs or processes the "added" nutrients like it can in the natural form nature intended. Whole wheat pasta is just that, just whole wheat pasta, no additives (the brand I buy anyway). Just something to think about.

Sorry, meant to quote this post.


Lol, unless the phytate content of the whole wheat pasta inhibits mineral absorption, making actual nutrient absorption comparable to white pasta. White pasta is tastier as well. Just something to thing about
March 4, 2012 3:12 PM
I usually buy whole wheat but not always. I also look at the calories and there is one brand that has less calories per serving that I usually get... if the store is out of whole wheat in that brand, i usually stick with the regular kind in that brand just because of the calories.
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March 4, 2012 3:19 PM
Credit to all of you who can stomach the whole wheat pasta. I can't at all. I eat regular pasta and I eat it a lot!
March 4, 2012 3:19 PM
QUOTE:

Me and my partner made the switch ages ago but the annoying thing is that it is no where near the price of ordinary pasta. In fact while I'm on a rant, why does all 'better choice' food cost more money!?!


"Better choice" food costs more money because it costs more to produce. It's the reason processed foods exist in the first place.
March 4, 2012 3:22 PM
I've switched to whole wheat pasta and brown rice and I absolutely love the whole wheat pasta texture and flavour - the rice I probably need to improve my cooking skills to fully appreciate.

I notice that white rice has good iron but white versus brown in all those kinds of foods (bread as well) always seems to be fortified to make it better somehow...
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March 4, 2012 3:22 PM
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My favorite is the Rozini smart taste, it taste like regular pasta but is way less calories and has added fiber to make you feel fuller. I think it is a great happy medium!


I love the Smart Taste pastas! They're delicious! And the Garden version as well, though I prefer it with a tomato based sauce. More nutritious than plain white pasta.

I like whole wheat pasta as well, especially for prepackaged foods just to get a bit more fiber. Annie's Whole Wheat Shells and White Cheddar is delicious, the whole wheat pasta gives a bit of sweetness to it and helps me feel more full.
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March 4, 2012 3:26 PM
Rizopia brown rice pasta FTW. :D
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March 4, 2012 3:27 PM
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Credit to all of you who can stomach the whole wheat pasta. I can't at all. I eat regular pasta and I eat it a lot!


So do I and I'm losing the weight.... they are close in calories so I don't let it freak me out.. I can't stand the taste of whole wheat pasta either.
March 4, 2012 3:28 PM
A very important reason why whole wheat products or brown rice is better for you is that it does not digest as quickly. Therefore, the carbs are release slower into your intestines and prevent blood sugar spikes. If you are diabetic or hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) this is very critical. A diet high in sugars and refined flour products is a gateway to diabetes. Those blood sugar spikes overtax your pancreas into producing insulin to burn-up the excess sugar.
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March 4, 2012 3:31 PM
I actually prefer the taste to regular pasta now.
The fiber is great...and it has a lot of protein as well!
Edited by SoCalWoman On March 4, 2012 3:32 PM
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March 4, 2012 3:32 PM
White pasta and white rice for me. There are some great whole grain breads I like though.
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