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I have a question about pasta.  I have tried looking for a pasta that is made of whole wheat but haven’t found one yet.  I usually buy the DeCecco one that lists Durum Semolina as an ingredient.  Can someone please advice which pasta I should buy?
by Vish2019

I have a question about pasta. I have tried looking for a pasta that is made of whole wheat but haven’t found one yet. I usually buy the DeCecco one that lists Durum Semolina as an ingredient. Can someone please advice which pasta I should buy?


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Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD

Since whole wheat pasta has such a unique taste and texture one thing you can try is to mix ½ and ½ if you really want to eat whole grain. But I think is a better option is to add broccoli, carrots, whole tomatoes and/or spinach to your sauce/pasta dish and use regular pasta. This will give you the added fiber and nutrients. It's not about 1 food, meal or even day, it's about what you eat over time. Eating something just because you think you "should," tends to make it less satisfying. You want to pick foods that you enjoy so that both your body and mind experience satisfaction.


Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD

Most pastas are made with refined wheat flour meaning that During the refining process, the nutrient-rich outer bran shell and inner germ layer have been removed from the grain, leaving just the starchy endosperm. This removes most of the fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. But you will see most pastas say enriched which means some of the nutrients including iron and a handful of B vitamins, are added back during manufacturing. A 100 percent whole-grain pasta includes all three layers of the wheat kernel: the bran, the germ and the endosperm leaving it with all its natural nutrients and extra fiber. Whole grain pasta does tend to be more filling but also, have a chewier texture and grainier taste that many people find off putting. You really have to follow the cooking times or you will end up with a mushy mess. When looking for a whole grain pasta, keep these things in mind: * Check the ingredients list. All grains/flours should be preceded by the word “whole.” Brown rice and oat flours are automatically whole-grain. * Check the front of package. It should clearly state “100 percent whole-grain” or “100 percent whole-wheat.” Make sure you specifically see “100 percent” on the label! * Look for products that contain the orange WHOLE-GRAIN stamp. Some whole grain pastas on the market right now include: Mueller’s 100 percent whole-wheat pastas De Cecco 100 percent whole-wheat pastas Hodgson Mill 100 percent whole-wheat pastas Eden Organic 100 percent whole-wheat pastas Heartland 100 percent whole-wheat pastas Eden Organic 100 percent Whole-Grain Kamut


Vish2019

Great advise. Thanks Joanne!


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