The Skinny on Pasta
- 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.
- 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.