Healthy Benefits of Eating Whole Grain Pasta

Pasta made from whole wheat or whole grains are made from flour that contains the entire grain kernel; the bran, endosperm and germ. Most common types of pasta exclude the germ, an ingredient which is at the heart of the whole grain. Whole grain pastas also contain vitamins as well as vegetable protein and minerals.

The UDSA Dietary Guidelines state that between 45-65% of all calories consumed should come from complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, legumes and vegetables. Carbohydrates, such as those found in O&CO. Spaghetti with wheat germ, provide energy for your muscles, nervous system and red blood cells. Whole grains also provide dietary fiber which promotes digestive health, helps lower blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels and aids in weight management.

In fact, all of the vitamins and minerals found in whole grain pastas contribute to good health. B vitamins are crucial to a healthy nervous system and energy metabolism; copper helps form connective tissues, blood cells and promotes good cardiovascular health. Magnesium regulates blood pressure and helps build strong healthy bones, manganese aids in bone formation and selenium supports immune system health. Adding whole wheat pastas as part of a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet promotes all around well-being while adding flavorful side dishes (recipes) to the table.

O&CO. has a selection of flavorful whole grain pasta rich in nutrients and high in dietary fiber. When served with any of our delicious sauces Tacconi Wheat Germ pasta provides a quick and healthy meal. Another favorite, Nicchioni Pasta, can be stuffed with our signature sauces or served with O&CO.'s Salt and Herb Mix for Pasta and one of our Finishing Oils.

If you’re looking for delicious and healthy recipes, consider O&CO. Pasta and Sauces for your next meal.