If you’re cutting out all animal products from your life, does that mean pasta has to go? Does pasta contain ingredients that counteract a vegan diet?
The Short Answer
Yes! Most pasta is 100% vegan but there are some exceptions
The Long Answer
I bring good news on this day, vegan friends. Eat all the pasta you want because the majority of pastas out there are 100% vegan friendly.
Cue the dropping balloons and celebratory music! Then stop playing it all immediately and listen up! Because not all pastas are ok.
While it’s true that the vast majority of pasta fits in well with a vegan diet, there are some that you’re going to encounter which contain some animal byproducts. Beware of any “fresh” pasta, as you’ll find that it sometimes contains egg or egg products.
By and large, boxed pastas are composed of mostly plant based ingredients like enriched wheat flour and semolina. Some companies are even incorporating vegan foods such as beans, rice, sea kelp, legumes, sweet potatoes, and yams into their recipes.
Barilla, Ronzoni, and Mueller’s are popular pasta brands which go out of their way to keep their pastas vegan. Just do your homework before you start boiling the water and you’ll be fine.
It’s not a great idea to binge on pasta, however. They’re packed with carbohydrates and can lead to increased weight gain, so just be aware of the nutrition labels before you start stuffing your face.
What’s your favorite brand of pasta? How does pasta fit into your vegan diet? Sound off in the comment section below and let us know!