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Q.

Is wheat and gluten free pasta better for you?

Is wheat & Gluten Free Pasta more calories than normal pasta and is it any better for eating in a diet plan?

A.

Our expert says...

Hello there,

There are two parts to your question. To answer the first part about calories, I think that this is going to depend on the brands that you are comparing. From a quick bit of pack research, I don?t think there is a lot of difference between the two in terms of the calories per 100g, although the fat content does appear to be less in the wheat and gluten-free varieties. However, these types of pasta can be made from a number of different ingredients (for example, rice or maize and potato), which is why I recommend checking individual brands? nutritional information.

To answer the second part of your question, wheat and gluten-free pasta is preferable if you are allergic or intolerant to wheat and gluten. Similarly, if you have a ?sensitive? digestive system and suffer from any digestive problems (such as bloating, abdominal discomfort and indigestion), you may find that minimising, or removing, wheat from your diet may help alleviate some of these symptoms. The British diet can include a lot of wheat in the form of cereal, bread, pasta, cake and biscuits and, in my view, it is best to try not to eat wheat at every meal, but to include a variety of grains in your diet.

When you do eat grains, I do (of course!) advocate eating the brown, wholegrain type and not the white variety. Doing this will provide more nutrients, fibre and longer-lasting fullness between meals. The end result is that you should need to eat less, which is always good when trying to lose weight!

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