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Preferred Pasta

Timeless Nutrition Tip

Is pasta one of your favorite foods? If so, you are right on target with respondents to survey results. Pasta is a healthful and popular choice with Americans and offers a large variety of possibilities, providing B Complex Vitamins#, iron, carbohydrates and protein.

Preferred Pasta

Pasta is of the grain group. This is the reason you will find pasta at the bottom of the food guide pyramid. The grain products at the base of the food pyramid consist of six to eleven suggested servings. Sounds like a lot, doesn't it?! However, one serving of pasta is only the equivilant of 1/2 cup cooked. Combine this with vegetables, lean meat, fish or poultry and you can turn pasta into a well balanced meal in minutes.

Some healthy and tasty suggestions are to top your pasta of choice with marinara sauce, low-fat salad dressing or broth, or even vegetable puree. If you enjoy an extra kick of flavor, try seasoning your pasta with herbs, and/or small amounts of reduced to non fat cheeses. Your options are only limited by your creativity.

For added fiber in your diet, give whole wheat pasta a try.

Pasta Trimming Tip: Choose red sauce over cream-based sauces on your favorite pasta.

Noteable Note: October is National Pasta Month. October 25 is World Pasta Day.

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