Nutritionists Say Pasta Is Healthy!
Though pasta holds a ton of carbohydrates, it is likely healthier than you think. It “doesn’t deserve its bad rap for being fattening,” says Amy Keating, a Registered Dietitian. But, is pasta healthy? That’s the question still asked by many.
Your usual, from the box, regular, dried pasta, is made from refined flour. Pasta’s flour, though, is durum wheat (or semolina), which is a hard-wheat variety. Semolina also holds a much higher protein content than other wheat options.
Pasta Can Help You Lose Weight?
Consumer Reports tells us that the way that the carbohydrates and protein in pasta are bound gives it a much lower Glycemic Index. This means that it is digested more slowly than other refined carbohydrates. Foods with lower Glycemic Indexes mean that it can keep you full for much longer, and can also release blood sugar into your body more gradually. This can even help with weight loss. Imagine that? Similarly, cold pasta is a source of resistant starch, which may also help you lose weight.
Moreover, pasta isn’t a source of empty calories, either. White pasta is a refined grain (meaning much of its fiber and nutrient are removed), and still, it supplies 6 to 7 grams of protein and about 2 grams of fiber. Most pasta brands are even enriched with B vitamins, such as folic acid and iron.
Measure It Out
All in all, it comes back to the old saying “all in moderation.” Most labels list a serving size as 2 ounces of dry pasta. This becomes about 1 cup when cooked, and holds around 200 calories. So, as long as you keep track of how much pasta you’re taking in, there shouldn’t be much harm in ingesting it.
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