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10 Healthy Types of Pasta

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10 Healthy Types of Pasta

By Mickey Z., Planet Green

I go to the National Pasta Association for my noodle/macaroni news, and they say: “For generations, pasta has been a part of family traditions from weeknight meals to holiday feasts. From hearty lasagna to delicate pasta salad, the recipe possibilities are endless. Make pasta tonight and create a family tradition that will last for years to come.” Who am I to argue with that?

Whether it’s strands, ribbons, tubes, various shapes (bow ties, wagon wheels, etc.), or stuffed, this holiday season, let’s show some serious, organic love for pasta.

10 Healthy Ways to Appreciate Your Pasta and Noodles

1. Whole Wheat Pasta

Seven more grams of fiber and two more grams of protein per serving than white (semolina) pasta. Also, 100 percent whole grain pasta does not undergo the chlorine dioxide beaching process, which removes three-quarters of the vitamins and minerals.

2. Spelt Pasta
A distant cousin to wheat, spelt does not seem to cause sensitivities in most people who are intolerant of wheat.

3. Rice Pasta
Has a slightly unusual texture but is also gluten-free, wheat-free, and cholesterol-free.

4. Jerusalem Artichoke Pasta
High in protein, this type of pasta is helpful for digestion thanks to a prebiotic called inulin.

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7:31AM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

3:55PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:06PM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

ty.

9:47PM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

I don't know about the US but gluten-free pasta in Australia tastes horrible.

1:29AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Great! Thanks for sharing.

7:59AM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

awesome i really need to change from white pasta..this helps alot thank you :)

9:16AM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

i love pasta,so..many thanks

12:52PM PST on Feb 21, 2011

more types of pasta yeah!

12:33PM PST on Jan 3, 2011

Yum! Love my pasta (: Thanks!

5:38PM PST on Nov 26, 2010

Interesting and useful, thanks.

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