Pasta And Whole Grains: A Delicious, Healthy Relationship

395OldwaysMDP3.27.09For extra health benefits, try a whole grain pasta variety for dinner. Whole grains provide a healthy mix of nutrients proven to be beneficial in the fight against heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, even obesity. Pasta is a delicious and family-friendly way to add more whole grains to any diet.

There are a wide range of whole grain pasta options, from gluten-free to 100% whole wheat. Some manufacturers have even created pastas that blend tradi­tional refined semolina with whole grain ingredients. The taste of these whole grain pastas ranges from nutty and rich to smooth and mild, offering options to even the most discerning palate. As with regular pastas,

it is always a good idea to prepare whole-grain pastas according to package directions. However, whole grain varieties tend to dry out a bit faster once removed from boiling water, so try to add sauces or coatings as quickly as possible.

Pasta is a delicious and family-friendly way to add more whole grains to any diet.