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Ask Tufts Experts September 2013 Issue

Q. Is brown spaghetti higher in vitamins and other nutrients than regular white spaghetti, or is this just added coloring?

A. Lisa Massini, a dietetic intern at Tufts’ Frances Stern Nutrition Center, answers: “Whole-grain pasta is naturally darker than white refined pasta due to the bran (the hard, fibrous outer layer of a grain) that it contains. This color difference is not due to added colors. Whole-grain pasta contains a significantly larger amount of fiber than white pasta (6 grams per serving versus 2 grams serving). It is also richer in iron and magnesium; however,…

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