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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Healthy Pasta

You love pasta, but you wanted to lose weight, so you sort to a low-carb fad diet and avoid your favorite food because pasta is carbohydrates. 

Can pasta really make you fat?  The answer is No.

Like all major food groups, eating too many of them will put on weight. If you eat ten bowls of pasta a day then you surely lead to weight gain, but carbohydrates don't make you fat any more than protein does. 

For so many decades, pasta has been a vital part of healthy and well-balanced diets of most people all over the world. Pasta is a good source of complex carbohydrates that sustains energy better than quick energy released from sugars. It is low is glycemic index that does not cause sugar in the blood to rise quickly. Enriched varieties of pasta are good sources of the essential nutrients iron, B-vitamins and folic acid. Pasta is very low in sodium, it is cholesterol-free, and it even helps you lose weight, imagine that! 

The Traditional Pasta Serving
You don't eat just the pasta alone, of course. The usual way pasta is paired with fish, lean meats, poultry, olive oil, tomato sauce, cheese and the abundance of fruits and vegetables, makes it complete with all the essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients from both whole and enriched grains to fiber-rich foods.  According to nutrition experts, a well-balanced diet comprises 45-65% calories from carbohydrates, 15-20% from protein and 30-35% from fats. Let your preschoolers and teenagers enjoy a sumptous lunchbox of pasta.

Now you can think that eating pasta is eating healthier. It is up to you to decide what you like to eat and put it all together, perhaps a plate of pasta and fresh vegetables for dinner? or a traditional risotto added with few fresh herbs to surprise your family! For as long as you eat your rich-carb foods in balance, you are on your way to a healthier you.

The Origin of Pasta
The origin of pasta dates back to ancient Italy as a simple noodle food. This dried noodle-like food made from rice flour became popular for its nutrition and shelf life that it began to be produced in large quantities quickly making pasta the people’s food served in banquets all over Italy , the whole of Europe and eventually the whole world and has evolved hundreds of pasta makers by the 1700's.

Storing Pasta
Keep dried and uncooked pasta in an airtight container and store in a dry place, use within a year. Keep cooked pastas in airtight containers and refrigerate for 3 to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 8 months.