In an age where calorie counting and dieting is ever increasing, it’s time to look at one of the biggest enemies of dieters everywhere – Pasta. Pasta is made from wheat, water and eggs to make a variety of different meals which we all know and love today. Because of the age old myth that carbohydrates make you fat, they have been cut out of diet plans across the world. Here are some of the reasons why pasta is good for you and how you can benefit from keeping it in your diet!
- It Provides Carbohydrates and Fiber.
Carbs serve as one of the primary sources of fuel for your body. Whole-wheat pasta also contributes a high amount of dietary fiber to your diet, a particularly beneficial type of carbohydrate. Fiber is great for the body and it’s digestive system and is needed in all diets for proper function.
- Selenium and Manganese
Both white and whole-wheat pastas serve as excellent sources of selenium, a mineral that activates antioxidant enzymes tasked with protecting your cells from molecular damage. Pasta also contains manganese, a mineral that helps you metabolize carbohydrates and regulate your blood sugar
- Folate and Carotenoids
Eating white pasta is a great source of Folate (Or Vitamin B9) which plays a role in red blood cell development and supports rapid cell growth. Wholemeal pasta is a great source of carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. These three support healthy vision and reduce the risk of lung cancer.
How to Make It Healthy
As you have read, pasta is a great source of loads of vital nutrients the body needs. By using pasta as a base for dishes rich in vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats you can make the perfect balanced meal. There are thousands of different types and ways to try pasta, so experiment and find the one that suits you the best!
If you have a favourite pasta dish let us know in the comments below!