Healthy Cooking-Superstar Pasta~

The average American consumes 20 pounds of pasta noodles each year — and most of it is the refined white stuff. Standard pastas are made with refined wheat flour. During the refining process, the nutrient-rich outer bran shell and inner germ layer are removed from the grain, leaving just the starchy endosperm. This process strips the wheat of much of its fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, leaving you with a much weaker product, nutritionally speaking. Here’s the good news: There are plenty of more-nutritious pasta options for you to boil up at home. Try a 100 % whole-grain pasta includes all three layers of the wheat kernel: the bran, the germ and the endosperm. Make sure the package states that it is 100% whole grain. The health benefits are numerous including lower blood pressure and reduced heart diseases. Just don’t overcook whole-grain pastas or they come out gummy or mushy. There are also whole wheat and white blends, which aren’t as chewy tasting. Then there are unique blends that are not 100 percent whole-grain, but they have a plethora of healthful ingredients blended in for extra nutrition. Depending on where you are on the planet, the brands will differ, but the ingredients are consistent.  Enjoy your pasta and your health! 


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