Why you should eat more Pasta

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - LIFESTYLE -

Peo­ple who reg­u­larly eat pasta — the fun­da­men­tal com­po­nent of Ital­ian Mediter­ranean cui­sine, may have bet­ter diet qual­ity, greater in­take of vi­ta­min and min­er­als and can man­age blood sugar lev­els well, com­pared to those who don’t eat pasta, re­search states.

Pasta is a low-sodium and choles­terol-free food with a low glycemic in­dex — foods that keep blood sugar lev­els in con­trol. “The study shows that pasta eaters have bet­ter qual­ity di­ets than those who don't eat pasta,” said di­eti­tian Diane Wel­land.

The find­ings showed that pasta eaters had a greater in­take of nu­tri­ents and min­er­als that most peo­ple lack in their di­ets such as fo­late that helps the body form red blood cells and re­duces the risk of de­fects dur­ing foetal growth. It also helps form iron used to carry oxy­gen in the blood and aids in re­duc­ing ane­mia mag­ne­sium — a min­eral used in build­ing bones and re­leas­ing en­ergy from mus­cles. This is turn helps to lower the risk of heart dis­eases, obe­sity and Type 2 di­a­betes.

In ad­di­tion, eat­ing pasta also leads to less in­take of sat­u­rated fat, which can help lower the level of choles­terol in your blood to de­crease the risk of heart dis­ease and stroke.

“Pasta can be an ef­fec­tive build­ing block for good nu­tri­tion, as it serves as a per­fect de­liv­ery sys­tem for fruits, veg­eta­bles, lean meats, fish and legumes,” Wel­land added.

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