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Why is whole wheat better? And is it ok if you watching carbs/sugar?

I bought whole wheat spaghetti the other night and looked at the nutritional values between that and the regular spaghetti noodles and there wasn't that much difference. So why is it so much better? Can you eat it on a low carb/sugar diet?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:06 PM on Jul. 10, 2009 in Diet & Fitness

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  • It is better because of the whole grains. While pasta/bread/rice is bleached and enriched, and while the nutritional value is comparable due to it being enriched, you still are not getting a whole grain, you are getting a fraction of a grain.

    Whole grains are vital to the health of your colon, they help manage your blood sugar, they help (believe it or not) manage your weight....they have so many health benefits. That is why you should always buy whole grain foods (cereals, breads, pastas and rice).

    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 3:11 PM on Jul. 10, 2009

  • Everything she said.

    Answer by babycakes254 at 4:47 PM on Jul. 10, 2009

  • It is better for you than regular spaghetti, sure, but if you are on a low carb/sugar diet then you had better watch your portion size. Half of a cup of cooked spaghetti is considered to be one portion and that's about your limit for one meal.

    Personally, I put my homemade (no sugar) spaghetti sauce over cooked lentils. Lentils have less carbs and a LOT more fiber than any whole grain pasta.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 6:42 PM on Jul. 10, 2009

  • Whole grain, tends to have more fiber than regular so it fills you up more completely. Also it is a complex carb, it takes longer and your body works harder to break it down, meaning you get a "slow burn" of energy rather than the quick release of something refined. It's much much much better for you. And if you're on low carb, then whole grain is the way to go. Often it's not how much carbs, it's what kind of carbs.

    Answer by EmKirk at 8:01 AM on Jul. 11, 2009

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