Whole grain pastas fare well in taste test

by Eric Schroeder
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YONKERS, N.Y. — Two store brand whole grain pastas and three branded “refined, with added nutrients” pastas received “very good” ratings from trained taste testers at Consumer Reports as part of a study of 13 spaghettis.

The survey, which appears in the October issue of Consumer Reports, found most of the spaghettis earned a nutrition score of very good or good, based on calories per gram, fats, sodium, sugars, iron, calcium and fiber. And almost all had more fiber than regular spaghetti — 5 or 6 grams per 1-cup serving vs. about 2 grams.

In the whole grain category, 365 Everyday Value, an organic whole wheat pasta from Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s organic whole wheat pasta both were rated very good. Consumer Reports made special note of the fact the pastas are “sweet and nutty, with a chewy texture.”

Whole grain pastas that received a “good” rating included Barilla whole grain pasta, De Cecco whole wheat pasta, Market Pantry (Target’s whole wheat thin pasta), Great Value (Wal-Mart’s whole wheat pasta), and Ronzoni Healthy Harvest whole grain thin pasta.

Hodgson Mill’s whole wheat whole grain pasta received only a “fair” rating, as Consumer Reports said the pasta was “not only crumbly but pasty and very bitter.”

In the “refined, with added nutrients” category, Consumer Reports awarded a “very good” rating to Dreamfields Healthy Carb Living, Ronzoni Smart Taste Thin, and Ronzoni Garden Delight. Trader Joe’s high fiber and Barilla Plus were rated “good.”

Consumer Reports described Dreamfields pasta as “like regular pasta. Mild, a bit starchy and sweet, thick, a bit slick/slippery.”

For the full rankings visit www.consumerreports.org.

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