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Is Whole-Wheat Pasta Healthier Than Regular Pasta?

Is Whole-Wheat Pasta Really that Much Healthier Than Regular Pasta?

You hate that pasta is given such a bad reputation when it comes to weight loss since it's "so high in carbs." So you pick up a box of whole-wheat spaghetti because you've heard it's way better for you. But the thing is, if you're used to perfectly tender and chewy traditional pasta, it tastes much worse. Grainy, earthy, and not at all like the pasta you know and love, so is it worth the switch?

Below is a nutritional comparison of whole-wheat pasta and regular pasta:

Pasta (2 oz. dry, about 1/2 cup) Calories Total Fat (g) Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
Whole wheat 180 1.5 35 6 1 7
Regular pasta 200 1 41 2 2 7

While they're both the same when it comes to protein, the whole-wheat pasta has slightly fewer calories and carbs than the regular pasta. And not surprisingly, whole-wheat pasta has more fiber — who knew it had four more grams though?! Unlike traditional white pasta, whole wheat pasta has all three layers of the wheat kernel: the bran, the germ, and the endosperm, which gives it an edge when it comes to fiber and micronutrients.

If you're really lacking on the fiber front, whole-wheat pasta would definitely be the smarter choice — and fiber will help keep you fuller longer. But if traditional regular pasta is where your heart is at, go for it! Then get your fiber fill by mixing in a ton of veggies or puree beans into your tomato sauce. Or try this healthy alfredo recipe made with cauliflower or if pesto is a favorite, make this avocado basil pasta. And don't feel bad about loving your pasta! It's OK to make it at home or order it out at a restaurant, just be sure it's an appropriately sized portion.

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