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Pasta Tastes Great...  But is Also Good For Your Health 

The Mediterranean Diet is a nutritional model with a wide variety of foods

of vegetable origin that, according to many authoritative scientific studies, has

positive effects on physical and mental health and wellbeing.

This dietary model includes fruits, vegetables, breads, refined and whole grains,

potatoes, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds, along with one of its main pillars: pasta.

Since the 1960s, pasta has been re-assessed as a key food for a well-balanced

diet thanks to its nutritional value and other advantages. These include its

versatility and digestibility, the latter is due to the transformation that takes place in

the carbohydrates during the cooking process. Moreover, it is a very filling food with

a relatively low calorie content.


Complex carbohydrates in general, and pasta in particular, should be the basis of a

healthy diet for people who wish to stay in shape.  Obtaining 60% of our daily energy

needs from carbohydrates allows for a significant reduction in fat and protein intake.

This leads to eating more healthfully with less fat (especially saturated) and

cholesterol intake, thereby reducing the risk of related diseases.


We can reduce but never eliminate the sources of ‘energy’ that our body needs to

function well.  Complex carbohydrates are the best example of this and are fundamental,

even when a person is on a diet. While this seems contrary to what some ‘fad’ diets

would have people believe, those diets often promise miracles that they cannot deliver and can

actually create more problems than they claim to solve.

Pasta contains complex carbohydrates and, therefore, satiates hunger for a long


Pasta is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, which are better than simple

sugars in providing slow-release energy. Contrary to common beliefs, carbohydrates

do not cause weight gain. Many studies have shown that weight gain and obesity

are caused by consuming excess calories and not carbohydrates. Thanks to

its essential nutrients, guidelines for healthy eating based on a 2,000-calorie- a-day

diet advise having pasta every day and making it 45% to 64% of the total calories

derived from such nutrients, along with other grains at every meal.

Carbohydrates have the lowest glycemic index (GI).

Sugars from carbohydrates are a fundamental source of energy for our brains and

muscles and pasta is different from other types of carbohydrates because it has a

low GI. Maintaining a low GI is an effective way of fostering heart health and

preventing some of the most common cardiovascular diseases.


Source of folic acid

Pasta contains a lot of folic acid, which is an essential vitamin for women in their

fertile years.  On average, a portion of dry pasta provides 100 mg of folic acid, which is about 25%

of the recommended daily intake (RDI).

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