I try to feed my family as much whole, organic, unprocessed foods as possible, but I haven't gotten around to making pasta yet. The local grocery store has 2 options: organic white pasta and whole wheat pasta (100%). I'm trying to decide which is healthier. The fact that a lot of wheat in the US is GMO is not good for the whole wheat pasta because it could be GMO and we *really* try and avoid any GMO products. However, I understand the benefits of whole wheat vs. white products, so that is the downside of the organic white pasta which because it is organic would not be GMO. So.. which is healthier for my family to eat?
I would definitely say the organic white pasta. I agree that whole grains are always preferable but the fact the non-organic has pesticides AND is potentially GMO is enough for me to never eat non-organic foods again. It's decidedly toxic and likely carcinogenic. I would consider the white pasta to be an occasional treat. As long as you're not eating many pasta meals a week, I don't think eating white pasta should be a concern. Have you looked at other grocery stores? Maybe find another place further away and stock up on organic whole wheat pasta?
As far as I know, there is no GMO wheat anywhere at this time.
Wow, really? I had no idea. If that's true it's awesome!
I actually avoid GMO produce and eat local and organic for largely political and ethical reasons, and while I know there are many possible dangers to most GMO foods, it's not the priority for myself.
I think, nutritionally speaking, the nutrients stripped from white breads and pastas are negligible if kept in balance with a diet that is high in other healthy grains, low glycemic fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins. A meal that is just pasta is certainly healthier if 100% whole grain, but a meal that is white pasta with an equal amount of veggies is even healthier.
So, it's all going to balance out.
I personally like the texture of mixing 50% whole grain in to 50% white.
Awesome and gives me s many more choices. Although I prefer organic there is not much choice in pasta where I am so it's great to know the non-organic is at least GMO free, not to mention bread.
A friend who has a degree in ag science told me that wheat is such a low-value crop, it is not cost effective to use much in the way of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides on it, either. I don't know how true that statement is, but that's what she said.