Tip of the Day
More than Bow Ties and Angel Hair
Shopping for pasta today is more than just what shape noodle you prefer! Pasta is now made from a variety of different grains, from traditional durum wheat and whole wheat to rice, buckwheat, quinoa, kamut and spelt, to name just a few.
When shopping for pasta:
- Read the food labels to compare the fiber and nutrient content, which differs depending on the grain they are made from. When the first ingredient is semolina or durum flour, it is made from mostly refined white flour.
- Look for whole-grain pasta that can have almost three times the fiber content.
- Try pasta made with vegetables like tomatoes, beets, carrots, and spinach for added flavor and color.
- Experiment with Asian-style noodles such as udon (thick noodles) and somen (thin noodles). They're made with many ingredients besides wheat flour, including soybean starch, rice flour and buckwheat flour.
- Reap additional health benefits by trying pasta varieties made with added fiber and protein, or even try soy pasta.
- Don't forget to check the refrigerated section of the store for fresh pasta. Cook and eat fresh pasta right away or freeze for later.
To learn more about the navigating the shelves of your grocery store, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Food Shopping and Meal Planning page.
Reviewed June 2013