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Brown Rice vs. Whole Wheat Linguine

I was in a nutritional and culinary quandary the other night and couldn't decide if I should serve the main dish of my dinner over rice or pasta.

I had made a tasty Asian style skirt steak with green beans. The sauce was spicy and I wanted to serve the dish with some kind of carb to catch every drop. Instead of making my usual long grain brown rice, I made some whole wheat linguine by De Cecco. I was hoping the pasta would work similarly to buckwheat soba noodles. The pasta was great and the dish was a success, but the ordeal led me to wonder, what is the nutritional difference between these two foods?

To see what I discovered,

Serving size Calories Fat Calories Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Protein (g)
2 ounces (uncooked) Whole Wheat Linguine 180 15 35 7 8
4 ounces cooked long grain rice 170 4 38 3 3

Although they are quite similar in terms of calories, the traditional serving size for pasta is smaller than rice. However, the pasta has double the fiber and protein when compared to brown rice. Plus the pasta doesn't take nearly as long to cook. I am not saying you should replace rice completely, but consider trying some whole wheat noodles next time you are looking for a starch to go with your saucy meal.

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chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
Toosugar is correct. It would come out to being 2 or less grams of fat per serving. Also, it is probably monounsatured fat, not saturated fat.
toosugar toosugar 9 years
The fat in both is negligent (unless you REALLY have to watch your fat intake) It's 4 and 15 calories of fat, not grams of fat. I'm surprised the pasta did better, I'll keep eating it!
emalove emalove 9 years
I love both and eat both regularly, but whole wheat pasta is my favorite.
suzanne suzanne 9 years
Hi Fit :WAVE: Thanks for the info! I like these side-by-side comparisons. Mmm... pasta :FEEDME:
nancita nancita 9 years
Great comparison! I always think of brown rice as healthier, but it is definitely easier to cook pasta, so this is great to know.
Indigo4320 Indigo4320 9 years
I had my gallbladder removed recently, so I'm very label concious...and the fat intake is what I mainly have to watch. So here the rice would be a better choice for someone who is sensitive to fat intake.
XSofieX XSofieX 9 years
I LOVE both but I have to admit that the cooking time for brown rice can get a bit irritating - I'll try the noodles next time, I love soba noodles :)
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I hate brown rice, so this is good news for me!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'd still opt for brown rice.
fashion_lover fashion_lover 9 years
I will think maybe the brown rice has more nutrients. But I guess not.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Mmmm I like both :)
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
But what about the pasta containing 4 times more fat than the rice??
steen steen 9 years
I'd love to get the recipe for your sauce!
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