One cup of cooked spaghetti has approximately 220 calories, 1 gram of fat and no cholesterol. Most pastas on the market are enriched with iron too. Whole grain pastas contain about the same calories as regular pasta but have more protein, fiber and vitamins. As an added bonus, all that protein and fiber means that you’ll feel more satisfied by eating less.
Your choices don’t stop at whole wheat; other whole grain pastas include brown rice, corn and soba. Barilla also makes the tasty Barilla Plus, which has fiber, protein and added omega-3 fats.
The reason that low-carb promoters bashed pasta is actually the main reason it’s so good for you! Pasta is great source of carbohydrate, the body’s primary source of energy.
So instead of looking at pasta as the enemy, embrace it as a vital energy source. The trick is making pasta part of a varied diet.