Try Einkorn Whole-Grain Pasta

Einkorn pasta is a preferred carbohydrate choice for athletes because of the nutrients it contains. It is a rich source of B vitamins, which are essential for energy and allow you to reach your full athletic potential.

This ancient grain pasta is also high in the minerals iron and zinc. Iron is involved in energy production and is the primary component of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the lungs. Without sufficient iron, you may experience fatigue, reduced endurance, and increased muscle fatigue.

Zinc is essential for athletic performance because it aids in protein synthesis, immune function, and wound healing. This mineral also supports normal growth and development.

Einkorn pasta is a good source of both phosphorus and magnesium. Phosphorus plays a major role in the health of bones and teeth as well as the growth and renewal of tissues.

Magnesium is involved in the maintenance of normal muscle and nerve function, maintains a steady heart rhythm, supports a healthy immune system, and is essential for strong bones. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and plays a role in energy metabolism.

One serving of Einkorn pasta contains slightly more fiber and two more grams of protein than whole durum wheat pasta (regular "whole wheat" pasta). Protein is essential for the growth and maintenance of lean muscle mass, the building of hormones and enzymes, and maintaining a healthy immune system.

Consuming an adequate amount of fiber is necessary to keep your digestion system functioning, and soluble fiber helps reduce or maintain healthy cholesterol levels. The protein and fiber content of einkorn pasta can enable you to feel fuller for longer and provide your body with sustained energy—a great benefit for athletes.

This grain has a pleasing texture and wonderful nutty flavor. It's scrumptious with either a tomato or olive oil based sauce and it adds additional flavor to cold pasta dishes.

Try Einkorn pasta and you'll be fueling your body with a nutrient-rich carbohydrate for optimal athletic performance and health.

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Katie Jeffrey-Lunn, MS, RD, CSSD, is a registered dietitian, Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics, a columnist, and the owner of FitNutrition, LLC, in Old Lyme and Stonington, CT. She provides individual nutrition counseling, sports nutrition counseling for athletes and educational nutrition presentations on various topics for all age groups.

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