Pasta is so popular -- a quick and economical, if not the most nutritious, meal. hoping to set its pasta apart, Ronzoni boasts that its latest creation, SmartTaste pasta, is an excellent source of fiber and, in a new pasta twist, an excellent source of calcium.
Pasta on the Plate
Smart Taste, available as Spaghetti,Thin Spaghetti, Elbow Macaroni, Penne Rigate and Rotini, does indeed provide six grams of fiber per two-ounce serving, uncooked. That is three times the fiber of regular pasta. The same two-ounce serving provides 300 milligrams of calcium, the amount you'd get from an eight-ounce glass of milk -- an unusual nutrition attribute for pasta.
The fiber in Smart Taste comes from modified food starch, a common ingredient used as a thickener and fat replacer.
Unlike whole-wheat pastas, which tend to be chewier and more pronounced in flavor, Smart Taste tastes virtually the same as traditional pasta. That's because the major ingredients are the same -- semolina and durum wheat.
One minor drawback:
Smart Taste is somewhat more expensive than traditional pasta, thought it's still a bargain for a meal.
As long as you're plating some pasta, you might as well get all the nutrition you can. Whole-wheat pasta is your best bet, but the texture and taste doesn't appeal to everyone. As an alternative, Ronzoni's Smart Taste can up your fiber and calcium intake while you mull making the leap to a whole-grain option.
Disclosure: We have no affiliation with the manufacturer mentioned above.
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