Pasta Tastes good. But how good is it?

Consumer Voice - - The Surveillance Series -

Some may call it the rich per­son’s noo­dle, or even fancy food or oc­ca­sion food, but there is more to the pasta story. Un­til about five years ago, pasta was not a com­mon item on the din­ing ta­ble, but con­ve­nience fac­tors such as ease of prepa­ra­tion and avail­abil­ity of var­i­ous brands have in­flu­enced con­sump­tion pat­terns. It helps that veg­eta­bles like broccoli, car­rot, cau­li­flower and bell pep­per mix very well with pasta—chil­dren take more kindly to veg­gies served in this man­ner! We tested seven pop­u­lar brands of pasta and put them to test for ba­sic qual­ity pa­ram­e­ters set by the na­tional stan­dards.

Mois­ture is an important pa­ram­e­ter. So are pro­tein and ni­tro­gen. Be­ing free of dirt and dust is also important, of course. The fol­low­ing re­port will give a low­down on the per­for­mance of seven brands of pasta along these and other pa­ram­e­ters that are ex­pected to help con­sumers make an in­formed choice. The tests were car­ried out in an NABL-ac­cred­ited lab­o­ra­tory.

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