Is Al Dente Pasta Healthier?

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS,
June 15, 2010

Quick Tip: Al Dente Pasta is Easier on Your Blood Sugar

Carbohydrate foods like pasta can cause a quick rise in blood sugar. But that doesn’t mean you have to swear off spaghetti. There are three ways you can minimize pasta’s effect on blood sugar. First, watch your portion sizes. A serving the size of a baseball will wreak less havoc than a serving the size of a basketball. Second, adding a little fat and/or protein to the meal will slow down the digestion of the carbs. And, finally, cook your pasta just until tender. Overcooked pasta sends blood sugar higher than pasta cooked al dente.

(For more on managing blood sugar, see my episode How Often Should You Eat?)

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