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Al Dente Is Good For Your Health

There are many ways to measure the health value of a food, and one such way is the glycemic index. Foods rated high on the index create fluctuations and even spikes in our blood glucose and insulin levels, which is something to be avoided. The lower the GI number the better for your glucose levels. The ratings range from zero to 100 and pasta is generally between 30 and 60 on the GI scale.

To keep the GI rating of your pasta low, you need to eat it al dente. The firmer the noodle is the longer the digestion time. Slower digestion means a lower spike in blood sugars, and that is healthy!

So cook your pasta al dente, which literally translates from Italian to mean "to the tooth." Your noodles should give the sensation of slight resistance when chewed.

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JessNess JessNess 8 years
I find the the whole wheat pasta tends to be more al dente that traditional pasta.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 8 years
Oh, I've always loved my pasta al dente - like JessNess said, if you cook it to soggy, the pasta has no more room to absorb sauce, as it's absorbed all water.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
You should cook al dente anyways because over cooking your pasta makes it soggy. Plus al dente is best with sauces because it can soak it up
kia kia 8 years
Interesting tip. What about fresh pasta coming off my press? That stuff cooks in like 2 minutes. There doesn't seem to be any resistance to begin with.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
My dad taught me that one :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'll try this out.
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