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to ask if Italians and any of you eat brown pasta

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MoYerBoat Wed 13-Mar-13 20:28:17

because, according to many a Mumsnetter, white pasta is the work of the devil.

So do they eat white or brown pasta in Italy - home of pasta.

And what about brown rice - who eats that?

(Badly worded OP but really would like answers)

Meglet Wed 13-Mar-13 23:26:51

I eat brown pasta, brown rice, bread etc. Sometimes buy white, I'm not anti white carbs.

Mum always made us wholemeal pizza and wholemeal treacle tart bases.

YouTheCat Wed 13-Mar-13 23:40:20

Italian side of family (Dad's) would not entertain brown pasta. It's bloody awful stuff.

I like the odd slice of decent wholemeal bread (but cheap wholemeal tastes like cardboard).

Brown rice is rank.

ReneandGeorgetteMagritte Wed 13-Mar-13 23:41:48

I don't know if anyone's mentioned it yet, but there is a big link between diabetes and rice, apparently brown basmati is the best one to eat to avoid this.

I realise this is just a link among many, but the source was the BMJ rather than the DM, so hopefully has more credibility!

In answer to the OP, I have always preferred wholemeal anything anyway, it has more taste imo, although not yorkshire pudding, victoria sponge, shortbread or sauces, I make those with unbleached white flour (poncey).

aldiwhore Wed 13-Mar-13 23:45:56

Mmmmm Meglet wholemeal treacletart bases are THE BEST. Fact.

BandersnatchCummerbund Thu 14-Mar-13 00:04:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

sydlexic Thu 14-Mar-13 00:08:14

I eat whole meal pasta and I am Italian. Don't think many people in Italy do.

MusicalEndorphins Thu 14-Mar-13 00:17:23

Not Italian, but we only buy whole grain pasta. It is barely
"brown" in colour, and tastes great. Even my oldest son who said he "hates" whole wheat pasta admits it is ok. Maybe the brand is what makes a difference? We buy Catelli and Presidents Choice. I made whole wheat pasta once but used all whole wheat flour and it was grim. Later learned it is best to use half and half.
I don't like brown rice and quit trying to make it.
Dh is diabetic and was told to eat whole grains rather than white bread, pasta or rice.

anonymosity Thu 14-Mar-13 00:41:01

I love brown rice, but to me, brown pasta might as well be soggy cardboard.

Morloth Thu 14-Mar-13 05:43:27

It is OK to eat anything - just not too much of it.

If you like brown pasta have that, if you prefer white have that.

There aren't actually any 'rules'.

NotTreadingGrapes Thu 14-Mar-13 06:12:11

Not Italian but been here for 20 yrs. The wholemeal rice and pasta is in a different aisle in our supermarkets to the normal stuff. It's in the same aisle as the vitamins/gluten free/lactose free/diabetic/no sugar jam foods.

Never seen it advertised, and dh would be another plate thrower.

As far as good for you/slimming diets go, people here by and large still seem to hold the opinions that if you want to lose weight you should eat less pasta/bread ie carbs.

I don't mind brown rice but brown pasta just tastes brown.

PurplePidjin Thu 14-Mar-13 06:22:29

Pasta is healthy. Grating 500g of cheese over it isn't...

White all the way here!

Rosa Thu 14-Mar-13 06:29:53

We eat both. MIL would not even know brown stuff exists....

Bertrude Thu 14-Mar-13 06:40:52

Concur with PurplePidjin wholeheartedly

But cheese is what makes a pasta meal acceptable. Everything in the world should be served with the option of grated cheese on the top.

PurplePidjin Thu 14-Mar-13 08:01:55

Oh, no, some cheese is essential. A pound of cheap cheddar isn't shock

ScarletLady02 Thu 14-Mar-13 08:09:22

My parents only ever eat brown pasta so I was bought up with it. I prefer white for your every day hot pasta dishes, but brown pasta is lovely for pasta salad. OR brown spaghetti with pesto and cheese is nice.

I like brown rice as well...good with chilli, but it has to be basmati with curry.

ScarletLady02 Thu 14-Mar-13 08:10:13

Oh and yes, I much prefer brown bread...granary bread is LOVELY.

Magimedi Thu 14-Mar-13 08:13:22

AIBU to ask why this is in AIBU? grin

Brown rice, white pasta, but always an Italian variety.

Trills Thu 14-Mar-13 08:26:27

YABU to think that "do Italians do it?" is relevant to whether you should do it.

Everyone who states that a particular food is "healthy" or "unhealthy" is also BU.

limitedperiodonly Thu 14-Mar-13 08:35:31

brown rice, brown pasta and mass produced brown bread ( nice fresh brown loaves an exception) are about Punishment, not enjoyment. Food as fuel, medicine almost, rather than pleasure

Agree with chandon.

I used to sit next to someone who drove me crackers commenting on my packed lunch. 'Ooh, salad. That's healthy.' Someone explained to her that people eat salad because they like it and she looked confused.

She talked about being 'really good' or 'really naughty' about her eating and was always droning on about being overweight.

Why would I care what anybody else chooses to eat and what size they are?

firesidechat Thu 14-Mar-13 08:36:16

Brown pasta is just wrong.

Wholegrain rice is lovely, but takes forever to cook. I think someone else said that it is great with chilli and it really is!

Bunbaker Thu 14-Mar-13 08:55:55

"It is OK to eat anything - just not too much of it. If you like brown pasta have that, if you prefer white have that. There aren't actually any 'rules'."

I agree. There are some holier than thou posts on here..

KellyElly Thu 14-Mar-13 09:06:37

Brown pasta is the work of the devil!

101handbags Thu 14-Mar-13 12:44:47

I eat the whole & white pasta from sainsbury's, it's meant to be better for you but tastes just like white pasta. I don't like wholemeal pasta so I don't eat it.

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 14-Mar-13 20:40:36

Hi there
We have moved this to our food topic
Happy Wholewheat

twentythirteen Thu 14-Mar-13 20:42:47

Urgh, I hate brown pasta, OH likes it but secretly I think he has it because he thinks it's a healthier option rather than for the taste.

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