In honor of National Nutrition Month, NPA created resources featuring pasta’s benefits, nutritional value and convenience. Check out how pasta can improve your diet.
Recent research in Nutrients suggests pasta consumption does not contribute to being overweight or obesity and in fact may be inversely associated with Body Mass Index (BMI) or abdominal obesity.
- Boosts Vegetable Intake
Pasta is a perfect way to add more vegetables to your diet. Pasta also acts as blank palette for any flavor profile. Use spices, herbs or seasonings for a Mediterranean, Asian, Italian or fusion meal.
- Pasta Makes You Happy
A recent study proved what we have known –pasta makes you happy. The study measured 40 participants physical and neurological changes as they ate pasta, and then compared those responses to reactions from listening to their favorite songs or watching a sporting event. They found participants were happiest when eating pasta.
- Pasta Eaters Get More Nutrients
Pasta eaters have greater intake of key nutrients like folate, iron, magnesium, dietary fiber and vitamin E than non-pasta eaters. Another study found pasta-eaters had a higher daily consumption of vegetables compared to non-pasta eaters.
- Pasta Provides Energy.
Pasta is a complex carbohydrate, so it is absorbed and digested more slowly than simple carbohydrates. This provides excellent energy for physical activity and sports.
- Pasta Improves Diet Quality
Research shows people who eat pasta have higher Healthy Eating Index scores and better quality diets than those who don’t eat pasta. This also indicated pasta eaters are more likely to meet U.S. Dietary Guidelines than non-pasta eaters.
Additional Pasta Research
- Research Finds that People Who Eat Pasta Have Better Overall Diets
- New Study Shows Mediterranean Diet Preserves Cognitive Function