World Pasta Day: Satisfy your Italian cravings on 25 October 2022.
Who doesn’t like a warm, steaming bowl of pasta in a rich sauce with a meat of your choice, seasoned veggies such as mushrooms, flavoured with garlic and other spiced herbs? We’re sure you’re thinking about your favourite pasta dish right now! Let’s honour World Pasta Day on Tuesday, 25 October 2022, by satisfying our carb cravings.
Did you know that pasta comes in over 600 shapes known to humanity, and their names are usually Italian? For example, vermicelli refers to ‘little worms’, tortellini refers to ‘little cakes’, and fettuccine refers to ‘small ribbons’.
You’re probably wondering why a fitness brand would ever write or get excited about pasta. Well, folks, there are many misconceptions about pasta regarding health and fitness, and today we’re separating fact from fiction. Don’t miss out on trying one of our 5 must-try-before-end-of-2022 recipes!
Pasta Myth Challenge
- Myth 1: Pasta makes you gain weight – No, pasta is not fattening. Simple is the name of the game. One cup of serving contains less than 200 calories with only 1 gram of fat. Most pasta meals can easily weigh in under 500 calories if you add high-fibre vegetables, protein-rich lean meat or fish, and a little cheese. Try this Chicken Pasta with Butternut Squash, Caramelised Onions and Tart Cherries.
- Myth 2: Pasta doesn’t have nutritional value – This is not true. A cup of enriched pasta contains various nutrients such as iron, vitamin B, and folic acid. Other pasta also offers extra vitamins and minerals, such as Semolina pasta which offers 3g of fibre per serving, while whole grain pasta offers 6g per serving. Don’t know what’s for dinner tonight? Perhaps Fresh Wholewheat Pasta Tossed With Pan-fried Mushroom, Ripe Avo and Cream.
- Myth 3: Gluten-free pasta is healthier – Only individuals with celiac disease must adhere to a strictly gluten-free diet. The rest don’t. Individuals who do not have gluten allergies derive no nutritional benefit from eating gluten-free pasta. However, if you are looking for a delicious gluten-free pasta recipe, here’s one: Spelt Spaghetti with Slow Cooker Beef in Red Wine Mushroom Sauce.
- Myth 4: Pasta is packed with GMO Wheat – Not necessarily. GMOs are a process of genetically modifying an organism’s genes to obtain nutritional or other traits that could not otherwise be obtained using conventional plant breeding techniques. So, no need to worry. Cosy up your next Friday home meal with this Tuna Pasta Bake.
- Myth 5: You shouldn’t eat pasta if you want to lose weight – Please don’t eliminate pasta from your diet completely. Pasta is wholesome and low in sodium, making it a perfect fit for your weight loss plan. Additionally, it’s also a type of food that fills you up, and you don’t feel hungry for longer. Another benefit is that it has a low Glycaemic Index (GI), approximately 50 to 55, so it doesn’t cause blood sugar to rise. This low GI slows the digestive rate, which can also help with appetite control. Have you tasted Green Spaghetti yet?
Remember, you can never go wrong with pasta and fresh ingredients! So, start building up your body today. Bon appetite!