It's a fine line we walk when talking about "carbohydrates" and "pastas" . . .
You see . . . there are many issues with this element on different levels for different people.
Like . . . gluten's, high calories and being nutritionally void
Now . . . with that being said . . . this "refined" pasta that we all love so much . . . is the most commonly consumed . . . because it tastes "yummy" and has a long shelf life . . .
But . . . what many of us don't know . . . is that this "refined" pasta has been stripped of the germ and bran along with many of the nutrients that pasta "should" contain.
And with this process . . . this pasta becomes high in calories and "low" in "fiber.
You see . . . "fiber" is one of the key elements to optimal health.
Okay . . . so how do you know if the pasta you love is "refined"???
Well . . . if you see "enriched" wheat flour or "enriched" semolina flour on the ingredients label . . . this pasta has been made from "refined" grains and has NO nutritional value.
And this now falls into the category of "simple" or "bad" carbohydrates . . .
This "refined" processing also includes white bread, pizza dough, pastries, white flour, white rice, sweet desserts and breakfast cereals.
And all these "empty calorie", "nutritionally void", "refined" foods are high in glycemic index, which can increase the risk of certain health conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Okay . . . so what type of pasta is okay to eat???
Well . . . if you "don't" have a sensitivity to "glutens" . . . then "whole wheat" pasta is healthier than "white" pasta.
Why you ask???
Well . . . "whole wheats" have NOT been "refined" . . . therefore . . . they're packed with nutrients such as protein, fiber, iron, magnesium and zinc.
But what if you're one of the 13% of the population that has an "intolerance" to the high "gluten" content in "whole wheat"???
Well . . . then you need an "alternative" . . . like zucchini noodles, squash noodles, brown rice pasta, black been pasta or my favorite . . .
Miracle noodles, konjac noodles, wonder noodles, zero noodles or better known as Shirataki noodles.
You see . . . shirataki noodles are made from a substance called "glucomannan" that comes from the "Konjac root".
Now . . . "glucomannan" is a "soluble fiber" (remember we spoke of its importance a few days ago) that "absorbs" lots of water. And this is why these noodles are very low in calories. Unlike regular pastas.
Another plus . . . is that these noodles don't really have a flavor or taste of their own. They get their flavor from whatever you're cooking them with. If it's compliant tomato sauce . . . then the noodles taste like tomatoes.
Okay . . . so what exactly are the benefits of this little root pasta???
Well . . . as I stated above . . . shirataki noodles are fiber-rich, which can help with weight loss and improving digestive health. They're low in calories and carbohydrates and "FREE" from common allergens.
They can be a powerful weight loss tool due to their viscous fiber delays stomach emptying . . . and with this you stay full longer and end up eating less.
And the substance called "glucomannan" in shirataki . . . can help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes and insulin resistance. And this is due to its fiber delaying the stomach from emptying . . . blood sugar and insulin levels rise more gradually so nutrients can be absorbed into the bloodstream.
It can also help to lower cholesterol levels. How you ask???
Well . . . "glucomannan" increases the amount of "cholesterol" excreted in stool so less is reabsorbed into the bloodstream.
"Glucomannan" is also an effective treatment for "constipation" in both children and adults . . .
And due to its wonderful "fiber" . . . and ability to improve general bowel function . . . it reduces the risk of hemorrhoids, diverticulitis and colorectal cancer.
And best yet . . . this soluble fiber . . . is a "PREbiotic" that promotes the growth of healthy "GOOD" bacteria in the intestines.
So no matter how you look at Shirataki . . . it's a powerful little root noodle that should be in everyone's diet.
Tomorrow we'll talk about the consequences of "skipping" meals.
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