Here’s my throw down on pasta
Short story: fake it with shredded vegetables or at least eat whole-wheat pasta instead of white pasta. On a diet? Then try the shirataki noodles, LCHF* version of pasta (at your own risk) or even better, use bean sprouts.
Long version of the story and more explanations:
If you have any sort of goal with your body then you should know that food needs to be nutritious and good for you, not just taste good.
- Regular white pasta
- Might as well eat cardboard
- Lots of calories, mostly simple carbs, almost no nutritional value
- If you need the energy of simple carbs, eat a fruit
- Whole-wheat pasta
- Better than white pasta, more fiber and better carbs, but still high in calories and carbs
- Just make sure it’s the real deal (should contain “whole/stoneground/oats of [grain name]” . Otherwise it’s just white pasta with a paint job
- Enable portion control
- Pasta advertised as low carbs (usually in LCHF* diets)
- Advertisement says most of the carbs of this pasta can’t be digested
- Mixed opinions about this, some people say it’s indeed just few carbs, others that it’s a hoax. I’ll be on the fence until further research.
- Preferably, cook only as much as you will eat now. If you must cook more, then store the pasta in a separate container from the sauce&other ingredients
- Acids (such as the tomato sauce) will make the pasta digestible. So don’t cook the pasta with the sauce, add sauce at the end.
- High in fiber, tastes like regular pasta
- Shirataki noodles
- Rinse under cold running water to remove odor
- The version with tofu has more protein and taste
- My tongue says the simple version is tasteless. But my tongue is not trustworthy since it says chocolate mudcake is the best.thing.ever
- Poor nutritional values
- Good if you want to lose weight and eat noodles
- “Pasta” made of shredded vegetables
- If you’re not counting every single carb then you can use a vegetable shredder, shred some zucchinis lengthwise and fry them a bit in olive oil with salt&pepper
- You can use most vegetable like this
- Dig in!
[Update on August 2013]
- Bean sprouts
- The LCHF diet is being replaced by the raw food movement *2
- Use beans sprouts to replace pasta
- Sprouts are low caloric but nutritional dense (more info here)
*LCHF is a diet where you eat things with low carbs & high fat
*2 the raw diet is where you eat things unprocessed (as much as possible close to the real form of the plant)
All things considered, if you live a healthy life then you can have white pasta from time to time and you’ll be fine. You can have basically anything in moderation.