Chewsday Review- San Remo Pulse Pasta

Today’s Chewsday review features Pulse Pasta. Is it just another fad, or is it worth investing in? I’m focussing on Pulse Penne by San Remo…

🔶Ingredients: Pea flour (25%), chickpea flour (25%), borlotti bean flour (25%, lentil flour (25%).

🔹Common allergens include: may contain traces of lupin and soy.

🔶The positives:

🔹Excellent fibre content. Works out to 9.8g per 125g serving. This is 2.5 times more fibre than in regular San Remo pasta. That is a fairly big serving, so assuming your child ate the equivalent of 1/2 a cup of uncooked penne, this works out to 3.4g of fibre which is 24% of a young child’s fibre recommendation, and 19% of an older child’s daily fibre recommendations.

🔹Excellent low sodium content at 3mg/100g. As a comparison, wheat pasta has 30mg/100g

🔹Low sugar content of 1.4g/100g (none added, all naturally occurring).

🔹High protein content of 21.3g/100g which is double that of regular San Remo Penne. Having said that, most Australian kids get plenty of protein so this isn’t a huge benefit.

🔶The negatives:

🔹This pasta is pretty expensive, at more than 3 times the price of regular wheat pasta.

🔹The pulse pasta does have a slightly different texture to wheat pasta, which can take some warming up to.

🔶The marketing:

🔹“Voted Product of The Year” Yep, I can see why!

🔹”Gluten Free” True, but remember this doesn’t always mean healthier. Gluten is only a problem for those with coeliac disease.

🔹”Excellent source of fibre” Yes indeed!

🔶The alternatives:

🔹Pulse pasta gets a big Chewsday tick of approval. Serve it to your family! All of the varieties are great.

🔹But, just to clarify, there’s absolutely nothing “wrong” with regular pasta, this is just another way to add variety.


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