Wednesday, August 8, 2012

the health benefits of pasta

Of course there will be a post about pasta. Come on, we're living in Italy and everybody knows about the nutritional benefits of this typical Italian dish.

Many diets discourage you from eating too much of it. But don't forget:

Pasta is rich in carbohydrates, gives the body energy and is therefore the perfect fuel for your workouts.

Pasta is a great source of Vitamin A, which is important for your vision, immune function, skin and cellular health and bone metabolism.

Table taken from here

100g of food - Vitamin A in pasta


Pasta, fresh-refrigerated, spinach, as purchased - Vitamin A25 mcg
Pasta, homemade, made with egg, cooked - Vitamin A17 mcg
Pasta, fresh-refrigerated, plain, as purchased - Vitamin A14 mcg
Pasta with meatballs in tomato sauce, canned entree - Vitamin A14 mcg
Pasta with Sliced Franks in Tomato Sauce, canned entree - Vitamin A10 mcg
Pasta, fresh-refrigerated, spinach, cooked - Vitamin A10 mcg
Pasta, corn, dry - Vitamin A9 mcg
Pasta, fresh-refrigerated, plain, cooked - Vitamin A6 mcg
Pasta, corn, cooked - Vitamin A3 mcg
Pasta, homemade, made without egg, cooked - Vitamin A0 mcg

Pasta provides you with folic acid, commonly known as Vitamin B9. Your body needs it for healthy red blood cells which circulate the oxygen in your body. Not too insignificant, right? Especially during pregnancy folic acid is essential for the fast and healthy growth of your baby as it's a crucial cell division factor. Wikipedia states that:

"Folic acid may also
reduce chromosomal defects in sperm."

So if you're in the "planning phase" of a little one go ahead and serve the father-to-be a delicious pasta-meal. He's going to love it, love you and make love with healthy sperm...

Pasta is a great potassium supplier. Your cardiovascular system and muscles will thank you for it.

Last but not least, pasta is low in fat. Of course it still has its fair amount of calories but if you're mainly watching your fat-intake, pasta is the way to go.

For more "Evidence of Pasta's Health Benefits" you might enjoy reading this, it's a report about how scientists connect pasta with the reduction of the glycemic indes of your meal, how it can be beneficial if you have diabetes and that it might reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease.


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