Finally! The news we’ve all been waiting for – pasta could actually be good for you.
Research conducted by Nutritional Strategies Inc (based in Italy of course), and presented at the The National Obesity Conference, found that those who eat the delicious carbohydrate tend to be healthier, and consume less fat, then those that don’t.
They found that pasta-eaters generally had better diets, and consumed greater amounts of nutrients, such as iron, magnesium and fibre, compared to people who never eat it at all. The study similarly found that those who regularly ate a big old bowl of the stuff had lower daily intakes of satured fat and sugar, and greater vitamin and mineral intake overall.
Registered dietitian Diane Welland, Nutrition Communications Manager for the National Pasta Association, has said, “Pasta can be an effective building block for good nutrition. This analysis underscores the nutritional importance of grains, such as pasta, as consistent with a healthy diet. It shows that pasta eaters have better quality diets than those who don’t eat pasta.”
In the study, pasta was also praised for being a “perfect delivery system” for vegetables, fish and lean meats – all food groups that are good for us – encouraging us to eat more of them than we normally would.
However – we might need to be slightly sceptical about this latest batch of research. It was undertaken by the National Pasta Association, who might have a skewed interest in telling people that pasta is healthy for them. Nevertheless, there are many ways to make sure you can keep eating this delicious food, by making a few healthy tweaks – such as not using cheesy sauces, and adding vegetables to your pasta instead of red meat.
You don’t need to tell us twice! We’re off to rustle up our favourite macaroni and cheese for dinner tonight.