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The Skinny on Pasta 


Nutritional Facts:

  • Pasta is high in complex carbohydrates, which helps give you energy.
  • Instead of a quick burst of energy, complex carbohydrates provide a "time release" of energy.
  • Pasta provides as much energy as a pure protein like steak but with little or no fat.
  • A serving of pasta includes 6 of the essential 8 amino acids that make up a complete protein.
  • The key to healthy eating is to eat as the Italians do - only a small amount of additional ingredients and sauce.
  • Completely natural food - with no additives or preservatives.
  • Easy to digest.
  • 82% of the calories in pastas come from complex carbohydrates; the remaining calories are mostly protein.
  • 1 cup of cooked spaghetti supplies more protein than a whole egg.
  • 3 ounces of cooked pasta yields only 100 calories.
  • Pasta also offer good levels of B vitamins and iron, and has a fair amount of dietary fiber.
  • Whole wheat pastas have even more dietary fiber.

Fitness Fact:

  • Athletes who take advantage of "carbo-loading" eat complex carbohydrates to save up the energy in their body.
  • The carbohydrates become glucose stored in the muscles.
  • The glucose energy is then released when needed during long, tiring exercise, like long-distance running or biking.