Whole wheat pasta is higher in fiber and easier on the blood sugar. But regular pasta just tastes better. Here's a simple trick that lets you have it both ways.
How to Use This Research
For pasta lovers like me, this research is great news. It means that we can enjoy regular pasta (which is cheaper and tastes better!) but still get the nutritional advantages of whole grain pasta. Although it might take a bit of planning to cook the pasta the day before you want to eat it, reheating pasta is a breeze. Just put it into a colander and pour boiling water over it. Drain briefly and serve. You can amplify the beneficial effect on blood sugar by cooking the pasta al dente...until just tender...before cooling it.
See also: Is Al Dente Pasta Healthier?
However, this new finding is not an excuse to eat larger servings of pasta. As I've pointed out before, when it comes to blood sugar, the size of the portion matters even more than whether you're choosing refined or whole grain.
See also: The Truth About Whole Grains
Whether it's whole grain or reheated (or, if you really want to go nuts, whole grain and reheated!), pasta is not the nutrient-dense part of the meal. The real nutrition comes from what you put on top: vegetables, tomato sauce, meat, seafood, etc. And of course, the salad on the side!
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