#Myth 1: “Pasta Will Make You Fat”! Carbs are turned into sugar, and your body will store this as fat.
Truth: Carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet. Carbs don’t make you fat, it is the extra calories that do. Restaurants typically serve you 3 cups of cooked pasta plus the sauce. One cup of cooked pasta contains less than 200 calories with only about 1 gram of fat! All you need to do is be careful with the pasta sauce, toppings and obviously the amount of pasta you eat! Try tossing some steamed vegetables, grilled chicken or grilled fish with a bit of light weight cheese to your freshly cooked Pasta.
Myth 2: Pasta is not nutritious!
Truth: Pasta is a very nutritious and is an essential part of a healthy diet.
- ENERGY : Pasta is a great source of complex carbohydrates, which provide a slow release of energy. Unlike simple sugars that offer a quick, yet brief boost of energy, pasta helps sustain long-term energy.
- BALANCED DIET: Pasta is an essential part of a well-balanced diet. Dietary guidance calls for up to 65% of daily calories to come from complex 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”
- LOW SODIUM & CHOLESTEROL-FREE: Pasta is very low in sodium and is cholesterol-free.
Take Home Advice: Eat pasta, it tastes great & is very nutritious! Keep your portions small (1 cup of cooked pasta or 6 tablespoon full), add lean protein and steamed vegetables to the mix so you feel satisfied.