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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: Barilla Plus Spaghetti
Date: August 23, 2007 at 7:14 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Barilla Plus Spaghetti posted by Doug on August 23, 2007 at 6:13 am:

The simple answer is, if you are making a transition, and looking
for the best "compromise", then pick the one that has the best
numbers that you are happy with and donít fret about it. And, keep
it to a small part of your diet. If it is helping you eat better, why
fret? There is no perfect answer.

Is a blend bender than a pure refined product? Of course. Is it as
good as a 100% Whole grain product? Of course not. Is it as good
as the intact whole grain? Of course not.

Make sense?

The complicated answer is...

My earlier statements stand. I would recommend the 100% whole
grain product, and instead of putting so much effort into finding a
comprise, I would recommend putting all that effort into using (and
enjoying) a 100% whole grain product or the 100% whole intact
food.

I have been using WW Pasta for over 25 years and have never had a
problem with it, its texture, its flavor, or its results. Perhaps you
should try different brands and/or different varieties. Personally, I
find Hodgson Mills Penne to be my favorite. And, I found the
organic to not be as good.

However, you are correct, it is still a processed food and not an
intact food so I donít find much room for it in my personal daily
choices. But have served it to many from small gatherings to huge
gatherings and it is always been accepted.

And, while it is a processed food is somewhat unlike other
processed whole grains, like bread, crackers etc, as its calorie
density it more like a intact whole grain, due to the absorption of
water in the cooking process, so for many, its a great food for use
during their journey to better health.

And, Its more than just fiber. It is still made mostly from refined
flour, which was the first ingredient, which means if we saw the full
nutrient profile and its overall nutrient density, it would be much
lower than if it is was made with a whole grain as its first
ingredient.

Also, Going from 2-4 grams of fiber is a 200% increase. Going
from 4-6 is a 50% increase. I wouldnít knock either one. Make sure
you are comparing them per same size serving.

For some reason, people seem to adjust very well to really weird
flavors, textures etc etc to eat some food that is really unhealthy.
Now, in trying to get people back to eating healthier alternatives,
they struggle. Of course, itís a process. It was a process going the
other way, but no one remembers that. I donít see how people ?
got used to eating rotten milk (cheese, yogurt), highly greasy salty
foods, highly sweetened foods, and other unhealthy foods.

IN spite of the reluctance to change due to its poor taste, poor
flavor and weird aftertaste, many people made the switch from
things like Regular Soft Drinks to Diet Soft Drinks and from Whole
Milk to Skim Milk. Why? Because they were told its better for them.
If we can get humans to make those changes and not complain,
than surely we can move then from white flour to whole grain
product blends to 100% whole grains products, to the intact whole
grain. Just keep going.

And, I am not surprised people would like the blends better as it is
closer to what they are currently doing. (Its why studies often show
certain diets are easier to follow overtime then others, as they are
usually the ones they involve the least change). But, thatís not a
good thing. Change is a process and takes time and effort. The
important thing is to keep moving and the direction.

In the end, I am more concerned with how many fresh fruits and
veggies someone eats every day, and that these foods comprise a
large part of ones caloric intake, especially those veggies, then
whether they consume a ww blend or a 100% ww product or a 100
ww intact food.

Remember, in my presentation, I said if you consume packaged
and processed foods, keep them to a minimum and use the
guidelines to help you make the best choice possible.

I hope this helped.

I REALLY applaud your efforts and concerns to make healthier
choices.

In health?
Jeff

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