Pasta: High Protein, Low in Fat

Recently we heard from one of our customers: “ Wow, your pasta is a very good pasta!!! Include very high protein.“ According to our customer who is an experienced distributor in the CPG industry, she mentioned any pasta with at least 13 grams of protein in every 100 grams of pasta has been recognized as VERY GOOD PASTA.

In this article, Gusto Italiano will tell you why the pasta contains high protein but still tastes good; what’s the benefit of eating high protein pasta.

In General, Pasta can be made from a mixture of water and flour or semolina. The good pasta used durum wheat semolina to replace flour. Semolina is a type of flour made from durum, a hard spring wheat with a high protein content and golden color. The more semolina a pasta contains, the more protein it provides. For the traditional pasta, it only has about 3-7 grams of protein in every 100 grams of pasta, that’s why many people ban pasta from their diet because it contains carbohydrates, which have become a diet no-no. However, Pasta made with durum wheat semolina, as well as healthy carbohydrates, can actually be quite good for you. In addition to being a low-fat source of protein, pasta is often fortified with key vitamins and minerals.

Durum Wheat Semolina

Now let’s talk about the durum wheat semolina. A lot of people ask us durum wheat and semolina, are they the same, what is semolina flour? And why is it healthier? 

The answer is YES, they are the same, the reason we called it “ Durum Wheat Semolina” is because semolina actually came from durum wheat, the milled process that separated the bran and germ from the starch, then here we born the “ Semolina”, that’s why semolina is a byproduct of durum wheat. Because of a high protein and gluten content and is highly resistant to milling, durum wheat is harder than any other wheat variety, that’s said, the semolina contains even higher levels of gluten protein because it’s essentially a concentrated form of durum wheat. 

However, you probably have the situation in the supermarket and are confused about” should i take semolina flour OR Durum four?” As per the description before they are the same family, but they both contain high protein, durum flour is quite fine and resembles more traditional baking flour, whereas semolina flour is much coarser. The coarser-grained semolina flour is perfect for hard pastas, as it allows the pasta to keep its shape after cooking and gives the cooked pasta the “al dente” property that most people prefer.On the other hand,Durum Flour is used for softer noodles. It makes a softer dough that can be easily formed into pasta shapes that will bend or curl when cooked per edible phoenix. For our personal taste, the semolina flour is definitely ideal for making pasta, baking and recipes because of the texture and gluten contain, which create a less sticky dough and is much more elastic, this really helps pasta hold its shape when cooking, and the taste of al dente is just what i like about the pasta. 

Nutrition From Pasta 

Pasta can be an excellent addition to a healthful diet. A study from BMJ Journals, finding that people on a low-GI diet still lost weight when they ate pasta. The study concluded that pasta did not cause any weight gain or increases in body fat.

According to WedMD editorials, semolina flour contains a lot of health benefits including high in folate, rich in protein, rich in iron, and low in the glycemic index. However, just need to be aware of the gluten contained, the high gluten protein brings you health benefits also it’s the premium ingredients to make pasta, noodles, couscous, breads and desserts. But it also has to watch out for the people with medical conditions that are linked to gluten and wheat. 

On the other hand, Protein is an essential nutrient required for your body to run smoothly and efficiently. Among its many benefits, protein is required for strong muscles, bones, healthy skin…..When it comes to eating, high-protein foods can satisfy a hungry appetite.

With this new to go high protein pasta, make everything PASTABILITY. For who regards pasta as a fattening food, which is a myth. Good news is that you don’t have to give up your favorite carby dish by means of weight loss anymore. 

Where To Buy Semolina Flour

Semolina is available throughout the world but is most popular in Italy, our favorite brand is Antimo Caputo Semolina Flour. It’s the 100% Italian durum wheat semolina flour, it is finer than most semolina flour that you will find in the US. This flour is perfect for making pasta, some types of bread and for dusting.

Our Favorite Pasta

Gusto Italiano Pasta di Gragnano & Leonessa pasta are really our favorite pastas. One of the reasons is that it’s authentic Italian pasta - Gusto Italiano pasta comes from Gragnano and Leonessa comes from Napoli. Their meticulous workmanship and quality have been recognized by everyone. Being able to eat their pasta elsewhere really gives people who are not in their hometown a taste of home.