June 13, 2024

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6 Healthy Alternatives to White Pasta

Pasta is hands down one of the quickest and easiest ways to get dinner on the table. You don’t need to be a great chef to bring a pot of water to a boil and open a jar of sauce, but you may feel like one when the meal is a hit with the entire family, as crowd-pleasing comfort food usually is.

Pasta does have one disadvantage though: The vast majority of it is made from a refined grain, namely white flour. And according to research published in the February 2021 issue of the journal The BMJ, eating a lot of refined carbohydrates, such as pasta, can increase your chances of heart disease and early death. That’s not something you want in your go-to weeknight dinner.

Pasta has a bad reputation when it comes to health, says Grace Derocha, RD, a spokesperson for the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “But not all pasta is created equal,” she says. Today, you’ll find many alternative pastas on store shelves that aren’t made from refined grains. Often they’re made from the nutritional superstars most people need more of in their diets: beans, legumes, and whole grains. Unfortunately, misleading labels and hidden ingredients can make it tough to choose a product that’s truly an upgrade over white pasta.

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