If you love pasta and can’t get enough of this Italian marvel, then there’s good news for you.
Those who regularly enjoy pasta enjoy better health and those who don’t. Simply because intake of pasta ensures greater intake of vitamin and minerals which also helps in controlling blood sugar levels, according to a new study presented at the annual The Obesity Society’s meeting in the annual meeting in New Orleans.
The team conducted a survey to examine the associations between pasta consumption, shortfall nutrient intakes as defined by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines (2015 DG) and diet quality in comparison to non-pasta consumption in the US adults.
Here’s an interesting fact; Pasta actually contains very little sodium and is free of cholesterol with a low glycemic index and that’s why it’s perfect for keeping blood sugar level in check.
“The study shows that pasta eaters have better quality diets than those who don’t eat pasta,” said Diane Welland, dietitian and Nutrition Communications Manager for the National Pasta Association — a US-based organisation.
“Pasta can be an effective building block for good nutrition, as it serves as a perfect delivery system for fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish and legumes,” Welland added.
According to the research, those who eat pasta regularly have higher folate, iron, magnesium and dietary fibre in their system.
- Iron – Carries oxygen in the blood and aids in reducing anaemia.
- Magnesium – Helps in building bones and releasing energy from muscles.
- Dietary fibre – Controls blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
Lastly, the intake of pasta also leads to less consumption of saturated fat but only if you choose the smart option and not laden your dish with cream based sauces. Instead, opt for sauce fewer options such as Aglio Oglio or add tonnes of vegetables to make you favourite dish not only delicious but also wholesome.