7 Healthier Options to White Pasta ...

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If you've been doing your research lately, you know that you don't have to give up eating pasta just because white pasta isn't healthy.2

There are many alternatives that you can consider.

What are these options?

Let guest contributor Kimberley Laws be your guide.

If you have wandered down the pasta aisle at your local grocery store lately, you have likely noticed some significant changes.

White noodles are having to give up some of their "elbow" room--sorry for the pun--to make way for the healthier varieties that our nutrition-conscious society demands.

Even, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese has evolved into several fiber-laden, vegetable-boasting styles.

Yes, the durum semolina noodle no longer rules the roost.

So, what exactly are these healthy alternatives to white pasta?

Here are seven of the most popular.

1. Whole Wheat Pasta

Whole Wheat Pasta

Whole wheat pasta appears to be the biggest threat to its white flour counterpart's title as the most popular noodle.

Available in practically every shape and variety that a pasta connoisseur could possibly want, whole wheat pasta has a slightly nutty flavor and robust texture.

It is also significantly higher in fiber, B vitamins, selenium, magnesium, and protein than its paler cousin.

2. Corn Pasta

Corn Pasta

Corn pasta, according to the editors of Food & Wine magazine, is one of the best tasting alternatives to white pasta.

It is available in a wide variety of shapes and can be used to replace traditional noodles in almost any recipe.2

Corn pasta, obviously, contains ground corn, but it also tends to boast other ingredients including rice or quinoa.

It is a healthy gluten-free alternative providing that it does not contain wheat grains.

If you have gluten sensitivities, be sure to check the label before consuming.2

3. Buckwheat or Soba Noodles

Buckwheat or Soba Noodles

If you are seeking a gluten-free noodle, buckwheat or "soba" noodles are an ideal option.

After all, despite its "wheaty" name, buckwheat is actually a relative of the rhubarb plant and contains no wheat at all.

With high amounts of protein, dietary fiber, and a pleasant nutty flavor, buckwheat noodles will keep you feeling full without consuming a hefty helping of calories.

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