Our organism needs in balanced parts Carbohydrates, Protein, Lipids, Vitamins, Mineral Salts, Fiber and Water.
With the aid of the food wheel, we can realize the proportion that each group should have on our everyday diet, being that the bigger portion (28%), should correspond to tubers, cereals and derived, where PASTA is included.
Each group contains food with similar nutritional values, this being so one should have a diet constituting regulars presences from each of these sectors of the wheel, and, within each one, to vary as much as possible, with the objective of practicing healthy eating habits.
Pasta is a special source of carbohydrates, and for that reason, fundamental on our subsistence. The percentage of energy we need and that is obtained through carbohydrates is 50% of our total energetic value; this gives us a perspective on the importance of their ingestion according to our weight and physical condition.
The easiness of its digestion and absorption into our bloodstream makes pasta the main tool as to make our glucose levels stable for longer and better. These levels, allied to a good practice of physical exercise will help us keep the wellbeing that our body and mind need. For this motive, pasta is usually the food of choice for sportists and is the basis of their diets, being one of the foods that better provides long term energy and that has a fundamental job in muscular preservation and conservation.
Pasta is still a great source of several essential vitamins: B1, B2, B6, PP and E, folic acid, phosphate, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, sodium and potassium. And to add even more, it will never contribute to adding to fat or sugars.
Pasta is an important element of the so appreciated Mediterranean diet and has never ceased to amaze and surprise us. Be it through it’s amazing flavor that fascinates people all over the world, be it through the endless ways one can cook this wonderful dish: From soups to hot plates, to desserts and salads (hot or cold ones), everything is possible and it will all contribute to a longer, happier life.