Nutrition Facts About Pasta
Pasta receives a lot of negative hype because many people believe that it drastically increases blood sugar levels and causes major weight gain.
However, pasta is a nutritious food that can be part of any healthy eating plan. Two ounces of dry pasta, or about one and one-half cup of cooked pasta, has the following nutritional benefits:
- Only 211 calories
- Seven grams of protein
- Less than one gram of fat
- Two grams of fiber
- Zero cholesterol
- Forty-two grams of carbohydrates
Don't let the carbohydrates scare you. Pasta is high in complex carbohydrates, which take longer to digest and which leave you feeling full for a longer period of time. It also provides you with energy for several hours.
Whole Wheat Anyone?
In response to dietary guidance urging Americans to include more whole grains in their diets, most all pasta manufacturers have introduced nutritionally enhanced pasta varieties such as whole wheat, Whole Grain Rotini and pasta fortified with omega 3 fatty acids and additional fiber. Some varieties of whole grain pasta can provide up to 25 percent of daily fiber requirements in every one cup portion.