Thursday, June 7, 2012

Different Types of Pastas For Different Types of Diet Goals - Here Are Two

Pasta is a great, versatile staple food. It is packed with carbohydrates and you can make many types of meals with it. There are many types of pastas out there. The one you choose to incorporate into your regular diet depends on a number of things, such as your activity level, and health and fitness goals. Here's some information on two major types of pastas and how best to have them.


This is the stuff that traditional pasta is made out of. It is refined durum wheat. Now, it is is not the healthiest of pastas because the refinement process strips away most of the nutrients. So, the final product is missing a lot of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. However, it does have quite a bit of protein and easily digestible carbohydrates. This type of pasta is ideal for active people who come down with stomach problems when eating whole grains.

For a great semolina pasta meal, serve it with a basic tomato sauce. To make the sauce, blend roma tomatoes, olive oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, and salt. Let is simmer for half an hour. Then, pour it onto a plate of fully cooked semolina pasta.

Whole Wheat

It has way more fiber than traditional white pasta, seven grams per serving compared to two grams per serving to be exact. It is not the best tasting, and it has a dense chewy texture. Needless to say, packages of whole wheat pasta aren't filling the pantries of households across America. It is ideal for people trying to loose weight as the fiber just makes much of it indigestible, so there is less calorie intake. Plus, whole wheat makes you feel fuller, longer.

Since whole wheat pasta has a nutty flavor, it tastes best with nutty sauces. One such sauce that it especially goes well with is pesto. With pesto, you also get added protein and there is no need to add oil.

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