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What are health benefits of whole-grain pastas?

Many varieties of whole-grain pastas are showing up on menus and grocery store shelves. Venture into unchartered territory with these tasty alternatives. They taste great and offer more health benefits than traditional pastas.

Whole-grain pastas like spaghetti, lasagna macaroni and fettuccine, like traditional pasta, are high in starches or complex carbohydrates. However, the fiber content of whole-grain pastas is almost three times higher -- 1/2 cup of whole-wheat pasta has about 3 grams of fiber, compared to about 1 gram in traditional pasta.
Samantha Heller, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics

Pasta has a bad reputation, but the whole-grain variety actually contains powerful nutrients like fiber, antioxidants, protein and B vitamins. Watch registered dietitian Samantha Heller describe the many healthy benefits of eating whole grains. 

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