The Health Benefits of Pasta

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Pasta is a perfect foundation for healthy, nutritious and satisfying meals:  pasta is generally eaten with nutrient-dense food partners, such as fiber-filled vegetables and beans, heart healthy fish and monounsaturated oils, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and protein-packed cheeses, poultry and lean meats.  Pasta offers:

  • SUSTAINED ENERGY: Carbohydrates like pasta provide glucose, the crucial fuel for your brain and muscles.  Pasta is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, which provide a slow release of energy.  Unlike simple sugars that offer a quick, yet fleeting boost of energy, pasta helps sustain energy.
  • LOW SODIUM & CHOLESTEROL-FREE:  Pasta is very low in sodium and cholesterol-free.  Per cup, enriched varieties provide a good source of several essential nutrients, including iron and several B-vitamins.  Whole wheat pasta can provide up to 25% of daily fiber requirements in every one cup portion.
  • FOLIC ACID:  Enriched pasta is fortified with folic acid – essential for women of child-bearing age.  FDA regulations require enriched grain products to contain this important vitamin.  A serving of dry pasta supplies the equivalent of roughly 100 micrograms of folic acid, or 25% of the recommended daily intake.
  • BALANCED DIET: Pasta is part of a well-balanced diet.  Current dietary guidance calls for up to 65% of daily calories to come from carbohydrates, such as pasta.
  • LOW GI:  Pasta has a low Glycemic Index (GI) so it does not cause blood glucose levels to rise quickly.  Blood glucose is sometimes referred to as blood “sugar”.
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