Pasta is delicious and versatile, filling and energizing. We think it makes the ideal meal, and not just because of the taste! Part of a broader spectrum, pasta fits into the Mediterranean Diet which includes plant-based foods like fruits and veggies, breads, whole grains and cereals, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds. Olive oil and and fish lend to the main source of fat but pasta meals are the mainstay of the Mediterranean Diet. Not only are they tasty, inexpensive and easy to prepare, but they are the perfect way to incorporate and complement many of the other healthy foods in this diet. Here’s 4 reasons why we keep pasta as not only a favourite, but a staple.
- Pasta is a carbohydrate that provides the crucial fuel of glucose to your brain and muscles. Pasta, a complex carbohydrate, helps sustain energy by providing a slow release rather than a quick burst like you would get with simple sugars.
- Not only is pasta is very low in sodium but it is cholesterol-free! In each cup of enriched pasta you can find a good source of iron and several B-vitamins, among other essential nutrients. Try whole wheat pasta to receive 25% of your daily fibre requirements.
- There are roughly 100 micrograms of folic acid, or 25% of the recommended daily intake in one serving of pasta. Folic acid is an important vitamin essential for women of child-bearing age.
- Pasta has a low Glycemic Index (GI), meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar levels.
Enjoy pasta as part of your balanced diet! Swing by and enjoy a fresh dish of pasta with us at Pasta Pantry or take some of our homemade pasta to go.