What’s the difference between whole-wheat pasta and regular pasta? The answer is a surprising amount. White or refined pasta is nutritionally weaker than whole wheat pasta, as the whole grain version still has the parts of the kernel that hold the most essential nutrients: the germ, bran, and endosperm. You might find white pasta that has been “enriched,” but it’s still not as healthy as whole grain.
Whole wheat pasta is considered a complex carbohydrate, meaning it is digested more slowly and thus provides us with lasting energy. Whole wheat pasta contains healthy fats, and fibre - the fibre is found in the endosperm of the kernel. The protein in the pasta means that we’ll feel fuller and more satisfied than with regular white pasta.
It’s easy to swap out white pasta for whole wheat pasta. However, a lot of people aren’t accustomed to the taste - whole wheat pasta often tastes grainy and has a different texture. If the transition is tough for you, try using half whole-wheat, half white pasta in your next dish to help you get used to the taste. All of our pasta dishes are made with whole wheat noodles -- try out the Spaghetti Bolognese or Chicken Penne Alfredo!