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Change This for That – A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Healthier

2 – Pasta

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Why consider replacing it?

A distinction must be made between whole-grain and refined pasta. Whole-grain contains a good amount of fibre, manganese and selenium. Refined pasta is higher in calories, carbohydrates, B vitamins and iron, but lower in fibre and most other micronutrients.

The starch in the past can result in a rush of insulin and increase blood sugar, which results in cravings for more refined carbohydrates (not the good kind of carbs).

Change for non-flour pasta to cut down the carbs and feel fuller for longer. You can create your own pasta and ditch the flour by spiralizing a cucumber, zucchini or even sweet potatoes. One downside is that fresh vegetable pasta cannot be stored for long.

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If you do not have time, or patience, to make your own pasta from fresh vegetables, you can also buy bean-based pasta in the supermarkets. Chickpeas, lentils, or black beans pasta have more protein and fibre than regular pasta and have a longer shelf life.

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