One of the staple foods that finds place in many homes on a daily basis is none other than Pasta. Not only is pasta a very versatile and nutritious food, it is also relatively inexpensive.
An interesting aspect of Pasta is that it is a “mood food”, or, in other words, consumption of pasta will make you feel good, about 30 minutes from the time you consume the food and depending upon the ingredients in pasta, the good mood might last for a longer period of time.
What causes this good feeling? It has been found that consumption of pasta will increase the level of a chemical called serotonin in the body. This serotonin is used by the brain to trigger the good feeling.
Of late, thanks to the advancement in nutrition study and the growing concern about obesity, some nutrients prescribe reducing the intake of pasta.
Basically, the ordinary white pasta is made using the refined flour as the basic ingredient. Refined flour can be digested quickly in the body. The quicker the digestion process, the more will be the release of glucose into the body leading to a spike in blood sugar levels for a brief period. You tend to feel hunger after some time and may need to consume food. This, according to experts, might also lead to weight gain and in turn obesity. Hence, the new-age nutrition experts advise limiting the intake of pasta, especially ordinary white pasta.
One can replace ordinary white pasta with whole-grain pasta as the fiber content in whole-grain pasta is thrice than that in ordinary pasta, and might take longer time to digest in the body.
Pasta is a nutritious food. It is a good source for iron. A cup of pasta is found to contain as much as 2 mg of iron. In addition, pasta also contains potassium, niacin, thiamine and other “B” vitamins. Pasta also contains protein, about 5 mg to 7 mg in a cup, but the protein lacks some of the essential amino acids. One can obtain the essential amino acids by sprinkling a little amount of cheese to pasta. Pasta is also found to have less of fat content and sodium.
It is advisable that pasta lovers keep an eye on their plate. The calorie content in Pasta is relatively less. It is found that one cup of cooked pasta provides you with about 210 calories only. People, quite often, consume more than one cup of pasta at a single sitting, and this happens more when dining in a restaurant. More than 2 cups of pasta at a single sitting might increase the calorie content and might also lead to excess weight and increased fat content. Thus, excessive use of pasta is found to have some negative effects. It is essential that you limit your portion of pasta intake at a single sitting to enjoy the rich nutritional benefits at a relatively lesser price and enjoy better health.