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Pasta, whole grains have place in healthy plate


You might think pasta and diabetes don’t mix, but Chef John Wright can excite all the senses while also promoting good dietary practices for diabetics. Chef Wright provided a live Pasta Jambalaya cooking demonstration during the New Orleans Step Out to Stop Diabetes walk and showed how whole wheat pasta, lean protein and fresh produce can yield a dish that’s good and good for you.

The American Diabetes Association explains that it is a common myth that diabetics can only eat small amounts of starchy foods such as bread, potatoes and pasta. In the ADA’s Diabetes Myth guide, it is explained that starchy foods are a part of a healthy meal plan.

What is important is the portion size. Whole grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice and starchy vegetables like potatoes, yams, peas and corn can be included in your meals and snacks. The key is portions. For most people with diabetes, having 3-4 servings of carbohydrate-containing foods per meal is about right. Whole grain starchy foods are also a good source of fiber, which helps keep your digestive system healthy.

Check out this post for Chef John Wright Pasta Jambalaya recipe!

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