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What is healthier to eat, white rice or pasta?

Amy Campbell
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism

The answer is:  both white rice and white pasta are pretty much the same in terms of nutritional content. One third of a cup of cooked rice and cooked pasta (which is one carb serving) contains about the same amount of calories, carbohydrate, protein, fat, sodium and potassium. So, the choice is yours. However, white rice and white pasta are considered to be refined carbohydrates, because they've been stripped of their whole grain "goodness."  Refined grains may lead to more of a spike, or increase, in your blood glucose levels after eating them. You're better off choosing brown rice or whole grain pasta, which will give you slightly more calories, but a bit more fiber and the nutritional benefits of eating a whole grain food.

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