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Size Up Your Spaghetti

I just found out from my friend YumSugar that today is National Spaghetti Day. Now you and I both know that pasta has been much maligned by all those no and low carb diets.

The truth is though, pasta is not bad for you as long as you control your portion size. I think that might be true for just about everything.

We're lucky that there are great products out there to help with measuring our uncooked noodles. So you can be sure you are not over indulging before the spaghetti even hits the water. Buy a spaghetti measuring tool from Amazon.

If you're especially handy, you can make your own spaghetti measuring tool using instructions from Shop Smith Hands On as your guide.

Fit's Tip: If you haven't already, you should give whole wheat spaghetti a try. While it may have an unfamiliar and strong flavor, it is considerably higher in fiber while lower in carbs than the basic semolina variety.

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katie225 katie225 10 years
i really, really wanted to like whole wheat pasta. but yuck! it tasted gross, even with a whole lotta spaghetti sauce and some strong parmesan. and the texture was just weird. i'll probably cook some up and feed it to my parrot cold. he loves pasta and needs his whole grains. :)
NNPW NNPW 10 years
I heard something that a serving size of spaghetti should fit across a quarter but that does work for all noodles. anyway I love whole wheat pasta I'm part italian so we have pasta every sunday and knowing that its whole wheat helps. I can't notice the difference
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Here's a few more details on spaghetti portions: A box of spaghetti is usually a pound or 16 oz. of noodles. A serving of spaghetti (or pasta) is 2 oz, so there are 8 servings in a box of spaghetti. So eye ball it and take out an 1/8 of the noodles. Another approach - one serving size is 1/2 cup. Which is hard to figure out with uncooked spaghetti, but easy with macaroni, etc. Hope this helps.
sunnydaysahead sunnydaysahead 10 years
wait -- is there a link to directions for how to make your own pasta measurer? does anyone else know of a good way to measure? i never know how much i'm getting?
djjax djjax 10 years
I also love and I mean LOVE pasta. I tried to cook whole wheat pasta and I for lack of a better word hated whole wheat pasta. I once heard that whole wheat pasta is supposed to be cooked longer so the taste isn't so strong. Any words of advice????
mandyjean mandyjean 10 years
I love Pasta! I could never give up carbs, plus it really isn't good for you to give up an entire food group. and getting rid of the carbs is only a temporary fix. Just shrink your portions, and you're set.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
You know what I like is that Barilla has Omega 3 and other good stuff in it. I tried it over the whole wheat and we liked it so much, we never tried any other kind. They have all shapes of noodles and they come out perfect and fill you up more than regular spaghetti.
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