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Pasta breaks with tradition to drop carbs, boost protein and more
Pasta breaks with tradition to drop carbs, boost protein and more

Gianluca Mech was aware of the irony of bringing diet pasta to his compatriots in Italy, persuading them to trade their traditional spaghetti for a high-protein, low-carb alternative — a recent entry in a category of pasta made from all sorts of grains other than wheat, as well as beans and vegetables. But 15 years on, his diet line, Tisanoreica, is in about 5,000 shops around Italy and is making its U.S. debut. Rome-based Mech, whose family has been making a line of herbal extracts for 500 years, says he came up with the pasta idea after his father died of obesity-related illnesses. "We don't work in the fields with our hands like in the past, and on the other hand...

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