Pasta. Between the carbs, the gluten and the glycemic response, few of us enjoy this Paleo devil as often as we would like. Common sense tells us to enjoy pasta as a side dish, rather than the main feature. Right. I haven’t quite mastered that exercise in moderation, gluten or no gluten.
Black bean pasta to the rescue. This gluten-free, vegan, organic product from Explore is availabe at Costco and Amazon. The ingredient list (black beans, water) and stellar nutritional profile sold me. Compared to wheat pasta, black bean pasta has less than half the carbohydrates, six times the fiber and more than three times the protein and iron.
Taste test results? I’ve restocked already. While black bean pasta is not going to win any blind taste tests over it’s durum cousins, it more than works for a pasta fix. It’s simply different. If you enjoy al dente pasta, black bean pasta’s firm and chewy texture might for you.
- Organic Black Beans 92%
- Water 8%
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (2 OZ DRY):
|Nutrient||Black Bean Pasta||Wheat Pasta|
|Fat||2 g||1 g|
|Total Carbohydrates||17 g||42 g|
|Dietary Fibers||12 g||2 g|
|Sugars||5 g||2 g|
|Protein||25 g||7 g|
- Pasta above was prepared with a classic 15-Minute Pasta Sauce Hack.
- If you are ‘sensitive’ to beans, add a piece of Kombu to the cooking water.
- The only downside the this product is the packaging. A large number of servings are in a single bag. It can be like working with a bale of hay.