Is Pasta Good for You? The Pastas to Eat and the Ones to Avoid
Pasta may be a quick and tasty meal, but it’s not always great for your health and digestion! Body Ecology offers delicious alternatives to this classic meal that don’t feed bad bacteria.
Do you love a plate full of spaghetti but wonder what it does to your waistline and your wellness?
The low-carb craze demonized all kinds of pastas and convinced people to give up traditional (and tasty) pasta dishes.
You might still think of pasta as a “bad” food, and in terms of your digestive health and immunity, that’s not so far off. But some noodles are actually healthy! Read on to learn which pastas to avoid, and which ones are actually good for you.
What’s Wrong With Pasta?
If you’re wondering what pasta is made of, it’s mostly made from durum wheat flour, a special kind of wheat with a high protein content and strong gluten. Pasta may seem fairly nutritious, but it is still a refined and processed food!
One Italian study even linked an increased risk of cancer to pasta and rice consumption.1
From the Body Ecology perspective, conventional pastas feed pathogenic yeast and bacteria in your intestines. They disturb the growth of good microflora, and can lower your immunity. Candida, a systemic fungal infection, especially thrives on the natural complex sugars in pasta that can ferment in your gut and encourage candida overgrowth.
Pasta is NOT on the Body Ecology program because most pasta:
- Is made from processed flour
- Contains gluten
- Is difficult for many people to digest
- Creates a sticky “sludge” in your digestive tract
- Encourages the growth of pathogenic bacteria and yeast (microflora) in your gut
If you want to build your inner ecosystem with beneficial microflora, then most pastas are NOT for you.
Here’s a list of common pastas that can feed pathogenic bacteria and yeast:
- Wheat pasta
- Durum wheat pasta (macaroni pasta)
- Spinach and artichoke pasta (made with wheat flour)
- Semolina pasta
- Couscous (this is a wheat pasta, not a grain)
- Spelt and sprouted grain pastas
Pass the Healthy Pasta Please!
Pasta is a filling, cheap, and easy meal that also tastes great! But it’s not always the most nutritious way to nourish your body.
So what’s a pasta lover to do?
Fortunately, new choices for healthy pasta make it easy to enjoy the occasional plate of noodles without worrying about harming your digestive health. Read on to learn about new varieties of pasta that are actually healthy!
Buckwheat Soba Noodles
Buckwheat soba noodles are a decent alternative to wheat-based pasta, but make sure the label reads 100% buckwheat and that no other flours (like wheat, corn, or rice) are used in addition to the buckwheat.
Since buckwheat noodles are made of flour, they are best as an occasional treat and not as a staple in your diet.
Top your buckwheat soba noodles with some extra virgin olive oil fresh basil and a dash of Celtic Sea Salt and you have a delicious, quick meal that complements a spring mix salad and your favorite ocean vegetable.
Healthy pasta is NOT too good to be true! Konjaku noodles taste great, fill you up, are gluten-free, calorie-free, and carb-free. Try konjaku noodles with your favorite toppings for a quick meal tonight!
If you want pasta more often, then try Konjaku (or shirataki) noodles, our top recommended alternative to pasta! These excellent noodles are low calorie, low carb, gluten free, full of fiber and act as a prebiotic (food for healthy microflora).
Topped with vegetables and a tasty Body Ecology sauce, they make a complete, filling and delicious meal. You won’t even miss your old pasta with cream sauce!
These noodles are made from the yam flour of the Japanese konnyaku imo tuber. This special flour is a powerful prebiotic because it is full of fiber that does not feed bad bacteria.
Pass on Unhealthy Pasta
After some time on the Body Ecology system for healing, you might find that your body will no longer want the wheat pastas of your past.
At Body Ecology, we are always looking for delicious alternatives to unhealthy favorites. After all, we deserve to love what we eat and yet, we want to eat what makes us feel good for the long term. See how your body feels as you ditch your old pasta choices and try konjanku noodles and buckwheat soba noodles.
Your body AND your tastebuds will thank you!
“Eating Bread ‘raises cancer risk,” BBC News, 20 Oct 2006.