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Whole Grain Pastas You Need in Your Life

By Sara Butler

Pasta is a very versatile food, which is why it's popular the world over. The National Pasta Association reports that 77 percent of Americans eat pasta once a week -- if not more! It can be a side dish, a main dish, eaten cold, eaten hot, and provide your body with what it needs to power through your day. But pasta does have one serious downside: White pasta is highly refined, which means it's been so processed that it's lacking in the nutrients normally found in whole grains. The good news is that there are many other kinds of pasta available to you that can fill your pasta-loving heart with joy. Here are a few whole-grain kinds of pasta you should branch out to try.

Buckwheat

Buckwheat isn't technically a grain, but a grass. That means that pasta made from buckwheat is naturally gluten-free, making it perfect for those who need to avoid gluten. The seeds of buckwheat are ground into a flour, used to make the pasta -- commonly referred to as soba noodles.

Whole-Wheat Couscous

This small, circular pasta from the Middle East and Africa is easy to find at your local grocery store. It's mostly made from refined wheat flour, but you can find the whole-grain variety readily if you know where to look.

Steam or boil it, add it to stews, flavor with herbs -- go crazy and try it out!

Kamut

Kamut pasta is made from whole wheat. It does have gluten but can be tolerated by those who have a wheat allergy. It has an almost buttery taste to it and can be found in a multitude of shapes. Play around and see what you think -- you may find a new favorite!

Brown Rice Pasta

This pasta is made from whole brown rice ground down into flour to create pasta. It's often lighter than other types of whole grain pasta with a very mild flavor and smooth texture that a lot of people like. You can often find this in the gluten-free section of the pasta aisle but feel free to use it as you would any other type of pasta.

Spelt

Spelt is wheat's cousin and noodles made from it often have a deep flavor that combines well with feta, tomatoes, and olives for a Mediterranean-inspired meal. This grain is also rich in niacin, which is great for your heart health. Why not give it a try?

There are so many grains in the world for you to explore and because of that, there's so many different types of pasta you could be serving up right now!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glenview, Ill.

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