Are Noodles Healthy for Your Daily Diet? Here’s the Lowdown


Traditional pasta, for all its being so tasty and delicious, is now getting a reality check ever since it was found that it is high in carbohydrates and full of white flour. However, there are really other noodles and pasta that is actually good and healthy for the daily diet. Though they may look and almost taste the same, noodles are actually made from different raw ingredients and the nutritional benefits may vary. To be clear, here’s a lowdown on various noodles and pasta and which ones are good for the diet and which ones you should never touch.

Traditional Pasta

425 calories in 4 ounces. This is the most favorable and tasty, especially when you think of spaghetti and meatballs. Traditional white flour pasta is made up of simple carbs so it’s broken down quickly by the body, and this can cause blood sugar spikes. This eventually leads to fat storage.

Semolina Noodles

344 calories in 4 ounces. This is made from a coarser grind of grain, wheat, corn, or rice found in traditional flour. It lacks health benefits because, like traditional pasta, it also lacks fiber.

Quinoa Noodles

410 calories in 4 ounces. Calorie count aside, 100 percent quinoa noodles is a great health benefit since it contains complete protein, all nine amino acids, high levels of vitamin B, vitamin E, magnesium, iron, riboflavin, and calcium.

Egg Noodles

430 calories in 4 ounces. This is traditional pasta but made and mixed with eggs, protein, and essential amino acids. However, they can be high in calorie count and is still low in fiber and high in cholesterol.

Udon Noodles

210 calories in 4 ounces. These are thick Japanese noodles that are almost similar to traditional pasta but made from refined durum flour. In short, these noodles have very little nutritional value for the daily diet. There is a whole wheat Udon version or choose soba noodles for healthier alternatives.

Tofu Noodles

20 calories in 4 ounces. Tofu, or sometimes Kelp noodles, uses yam flour. It is very low in carbs, fats, and sugar and contains only 20 calories in 4 ounces, so you can eat a lot and still not consume a lot of calories.

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