The benefits of low-carb keto-friendly pasta noodles
There are many benefits to eating low-carb pasta noodles. Here we explore some of the main ones including; why they have high protein content, how they support weight loss, stabilize blood sugar levels, how they can help improve heart health, and gut digestion.
Higher protein content in low-carb pasta noodles
You can get up to three times the protein from pasta noodles made with lupin-based flour over wheat-based flour. For vegetarians or athletes it’s hard to get the higher levels of protein to keep your muscles going, especially if you’re making a meal without added meat protein. Low carb lasagne sheets like our Lasagnooey or our Fettunooey pasta noodles are made from high-protein ingredients and give you the texture and taste similar to your traditional dishes. Read more about high protein pasta
Healthy pasta alternatives for weight loss
Regular wheat-based or gluten free pasta can be high in refined carbs simply because of the flour they use, often times it comprise of rice flour or brown rice flour, chickpea flour. Carbohydrates are high in calories and may cause weight gain if you don’t exert enough energy in the day. Low-carb diets can help promote weight loss by reducing insulin levels and increasing fat burning, and by choosing low-carb pasta you can still enjoy pasta dishes while sticking to your diet plan.
Low-carb pasta noodles with high protein or high-fibre content can also increase satiety (make you feel full). Many low-carb pastas are made from high-fibre ingredients like lupins. Fibre is known to promote feelings of fullness, which can help prevent overeating and assist in weight management.
How low-carb pasta noodles help to stabilise blood sugar levels
Low-carb pasta typically has a lower glycemic index (GI) compared to traditional pasta. This means it's less likely to cause a rapid spike in blood sugar levels, which can be beneficial for those with diabetes or insulin resistance. Science demonstrates that even if you don't have type 2 diabetes, maintaining healthy glucose levels can assist with a large number of bodily functions and issues. This can include; cravings, continuous hunger, exhaustion, brain fog, hormonal problems, wrinkles, skin disorders, menopause symptoms, mental health symptoms, and immune system concerns. Avoiding spikes also lessens inflammation and delays glycation, which accelerates aging. Each elevation in blood sugar increases the risk of heart disease in persons without diabetes. Long-term stabilisation of your blood sugar levels also lowers your risk of developing cancer, fatty liver disease, and Alzheimer's.
What low-carb pasta noodles do to improve heart health
Lower carbohydrate intake can lead to a reduction in the level of triglycerides in the blood, a type of fat that can increase the risk of heart disease when elevated. For those of us that love to eat pasta and noodle dishes on a regular basis, it becomes more important to choose the healthier option. Nooey pasta noodles are enriched with Omega-3, micronutrients and antioxidants. Research shows that people who eat omega-3s in their diet may have less plaque buildup in their arteries, lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke. Omega-3s lower triglyceride levels and may slightly raise ‘good’ HDL cholesterol levels.
A serving of Fettunooey (2 nests) has an equivalent potassium content of 1/3 of a large avocado! We all know how important to increase your potassium in our modern diet. Potassium is known to reduce high blood pressure and we require about 4700mg per day.
Better digestion and gut health with low-carb pasta noodles
Nooey pasta noodles are made with fibre-rich ingredients including prebiotics. Prebiotics are a type of fibre that feeds the friendly bacteria in your digestive system and creates more probiotics which are beneficial bacteria. Lupins contain high levels of prebiotic dietary fibre (around 38% or 38g/100g) that’s 3x more than oats! Fibre is a natural laxative that helps normalise bowel movement. Prebiotics also produce short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that can boost your gut immunity and good bacteria – this helps to prevent IBS, constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn and bloating.
Low-carb pasta and noodle recipes
It's one thing to have the ingredients for healthy low-carb meals, but the important thing is to put it all together in a delicious and satisfying way. From a mouth-watering low-carb pasta bolognese pappardelle recipe to high-protein lasagne recipe that isn't quite a keto lasagne but it's low on the carbs, and there's also some dairy free pasta recipes.
Or see our full list, our best low-carb pasta noodle recipes.
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