The Good and the Not-so-Good


Good news for those looking to add more whole grains to their diets: there’s finally a whole wheat pasta that tastes as good as “regular” pasta. The problem I’ve found in the past is that most whole wheat pasta is overly chewy, and somewhat mealy in texture. It generally tastes fine but there’s something a bit… off… about it. But recently I tried Bionaturae‘s organic whole wheat spaghettini. I don’t know whether it’s their method, or the fact their pasta was thinner than other spaghetti I’ve tried, but I was really impressed by its flavor and texture. After eating a meal with it, my wife and I both commented that we didn’t even notice we were eating whole wheat pasta. It’s one of those products that has the ability to make you change your habits; there’s no reason to avoid whole wheat pasta any longer, not when it tastes this good. Bionaturae also develops “regular” pasta and a few other types of whole wheat pasta (including linguini).

On the flipside of a coin, there’s a product that makes me wonder how it got onto the shelves. After trying and liking Veggie Booty, I was interested in giving Fruity Booty a shot. It has the corn-puff appearance you’d expect, flavored with a blend of orange, cherry, papaya, mango, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, pineapple, grape, and apple. Sounds pretty good, right? Let me tell you: it’s been a long time since I’ve tasted something this foul. The taste is slightly sour, slightly bitter, and all-together unpleasant. When I first tasted Veggie Booty, I had to adjust a bit to the spinachy flavor, but it only took a couple bites. After half a bag of Fruity Booty, I’m ready to throw in the towel.

4 Responses to “The Good and the Not-so-Good”

  1. mrw

    Oh, I couldn’t agree more. I was so excited to try Fruity Booty since it seems to be vegan friendly. Bleech. It’s just, I dunno, wrong. Veggie Booty is a bit odd but I likes it.

  2. Tom

    What!?! I love Fruity Booty! What is interesting is that I hate Veggie Booty. In my case I tried Fruity Booty first. I wonder if it is just which one you get used to first…

  3. Miguel

    I was shocked that they didn’t do more focus groups for the name alone? Pirates Booty with caramel??? Who are trying to reach here? I always laugh too loud from reading the labels to even buy a bag?

  4. Steve

    Veggie booty is sweeping the kiddy corps around here – 1-2 year olds and parents all love it, especially the health conscious parents. Pirate booty not so much, is just tastes to cheesy to be healthy, which is probably unfair. Fruity booty forget it – our daughter ate some just before the night of 1,000 barfs, and after you’ve seen it come up unchanged hours later you never want to see an open bag again.

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