Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pasta--building block of a healthy diet

I think Sophia Loren once pointed to her famous curves and remarked, "All that you see I owe to spaghetti."

Yeah, baby!

Some research on pasta presented at the Obesity Society's annual meeting in November said pasta consumption in adults is associated with better overall diet quality.

Pasta eaters have better adherence to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines.

Contained in pasta are nutrients most people lack--folate, iron, magnesium, and fiber.

The study--it should be noted--was done on behalf of the National Pasta Association.

But the data came from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) using 2001-2012 data on US adults over age 19.

Pasta consumption was also associated with lower intake of saturated fat and added sugar.

Despite the latest trend to denounce wheat, pasta can be a building block for good nutrition--acting as a delivery system (we call it a host at our house) for fruits, veggies, lean meats, fish and legumes.

Pasta is also low-glycemic, low-sodium, and cholesterol-free.

Wow--is it lunchies yet? Mangia!

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