So, Is The Pasta Good Or Bad For You? Let’s Find Out

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To dine at Italian Hawthorn restaurants mean having one of the best Italian staples- pasta. For the longest time, there has been a debate on it. Some claim it is healthy. Others have an exactly opposite opinion saying it is full high in fat and caloric content. Even further saying that it can even be a precursor to some unwanted illnesses and diseases.

So what is it? If pasta is bad, then why is it still around? This follows the same thoughts that people have with burgers. It is so good yet unhealthy as how many people regard it. However, burgers are still widely consumed by everyone all over the world.

Let’s get to the bottom of things. Should you stop eating pasta? Should pasta dishes be taken out of Italian restaurant’s menus? We’ll find out.

Pasta 101 

Pasta is known to have been consumed dating back 1154. Horace, a known Roman poet described what could’ve been an ancient brother of the dish we all know as Lasagna. In one of his poems, he mentioned something about “lagana,” one that’s made of sheets of dough. It again made a debut in a 5th century cookbook of the same name, this time with meat stuffing.

Different variations of the pasta such as macaroni and ravioli appeared in Boccacio’s masterpiece called “The Decameron” in the 14th century. There is quite a long and colorful history to the pasta. One that led to its fame today.

However, it is important to note that the spaghetti and other pasta dishes we all enjoy today are completely different during the ancient times. The modern-day pasta mainly consists of flour of durum wheat, water, and eggs. The dried version has been an Italian thing since the 14th and 15th century for easier and more convenient storage.

Different Types of Pasta

Yes, it is not just about macaroni, spaghetti, and lasagna, alright? There are other types of pasta. It may not be as common as the aforementioned, but it may even appear in the menu of Osteria 20, a Hawthorn restaurant. For more information, contact the best restaurants in Hawthorn specializing in authentic Italian dishes. Here are other types of pasta:

– Fettucine

– Ravioli

– Vermicelli

– Tortellini

– Linguine

– Bowtie

– Many other variations more

Is It That Bad?

Do you happen to know an actress named Sofia Loren? She is a svelte, sexy, and vixen-resembling Italian actress. For years, she has topped the list for being the sexiest woman alive. Interestingly enough, she said that she owes her sexy body to spaghetti.

Okay, now this speaks volumes.

According to a study for the Obesity Society’s yearly meet, people who consumed more pasta have healthier diets compared to those who don’t. Furthermore, research revealed that those who are big fans of pasta tend to consume less saturated fat and sugar.

A registered dietician of Nutrition Communications Manager for National Pasta Association, Diane Welland even said that pasta can be an effective building block for good and ideal nutrition. This is so because pastas come served with lean meats, fish, legumes, and vegeatables.

Pasta Can Be Both Good And Bad. How?

The Bad

Pasta becomes bad when it is refined. Refined pasta is higher in calories, carbohydrates, and lower in fiber and other micronutrients. What does this mean? Well, having consumed refined decreases the feeling of being full.

As a result, people tend to eat more. Adding more food adds to the caloric and carbohydrate count that are already present in the refined pasta alone. Worse, having more refined pasta may even result in a higher risk of heart attack, insulin resistance, and higher blood sugar levels.

The Good

Pasta becomes good when it is made of whole-grain. It is known that whole-grain pasta has higher levels of fiber, selenium, and manganese. It also is significantly lower in calories. Having whole-grains in one’s diet reduces the risk of colorectal cancer, diabetes, obesity, and other heart-related diseases. To dine at an Italian restaurant in Hawthorn means ordering the whole-grain pasta version to be sure.

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