Frequently Asked Questions About Pasta

Frequently Asked Pasta Questions

There are some pasta questions we all have! Read below for all the answers.

Will eating pasta make me gain weight?

ANSWER:

Pasta is not fattening. In fact, research shows pasta isn’t likely to make you pack on the pounds if you stick to proper portions. A one-cup serving contains about 200 calories, with only about 1 gram of fat (egg noodles are only slightly higher with less than 4 grams of fat per cup). Keep dishes low-calorie and nutrient-rich by selecting healthy pasta pairings like high-fiber vegetables, protein-rich lean meat or fish, or a small amount of cheese. For more ideas on how to create wholesome, balanced meals with pasta see our pasta recipes.

Does pasta alone have any real nutritional value?

ANSWER:

Pasta is an important part of a healthy diet. It’s an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, the body’s primary fuel for energy, and can even help you feel fuller for longer. Unlike simple sugars that offer a quick, yet fleeting boost of energy, pasta helps sustain energy. In addition to nutrients like iron, folic acid, and B vitamins, pasta also provides a dose of fiber (2.5 grams or more per 2 oz. dry serving).

Is gluten-free pasta healthier?

ANSWER:

For individuals who have been diagnosed with Celiac disease or an allergy to gluten, gluten-free pasta enables them to enjoy pasta as a regular part of their diet. Individuals who do not have gluten allergies derive no nutritional benefit from eating gluten-free pasta. They will find that traditional enriched pastas provide good nutrient value, such as iron and B vitamins, including folic acid.

Does pasta contain GMO wheat?

ANSWER:

GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are the result of the process of genetic modification – the selective or deliberate process of changing an organism’s genes – to improve a trait such as nutritional content that could not otherwise be obtained using conventional plant breeding techniques. Pasta is made from wheat. There is no genetically modified wheat or pasta commercially grown or sold in the U.S or Canada. More information about GMO ingredients in foods can be found at GMO Answers.

Is it true that if I want to lose weight, I shouldn’t eat carbs, such as pasta?

ANSWER:

Pasta is a wholesome, low-sodium food that can fit right in with a weight loss plan, especially when paired with healthy vegetables and proteins. Over the years, several studies have shown low-carb diets are no better than low-fat diets when it comes to weight loss. The latest one was published in 2018.

What’s more, according to the USDA, carbohydrates like pasta should provide 45% to 65% of your daily calories and can help keep you energized for any weight loss exercise you may be taking on.

One cup of cooked pasta contains about 200 calories, in addition to valuable vitamins and minerals. It fills you up so you don’t feel hungry and helps satisfy carb cravings. For low-calorie, healthy meals, combine pasta with lots of high-fiber vegetables like broccoli, tomatoes, and mushrooms and only a small amount of lean protein.  Then use chopped fresh herbs to season and only a sprinkling of sharp cheese.  Vegetable or broth-based sauces are another way to control calories and keep meals healthy.

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