No problem with pasta
Forget the bad rap—it’s a nutritious staple
You’ve probably heard that eating pasta makes you fat, but data shows that you can enjoy the Italian staple and stay trim. A 2016 study published in Nutrition and Diabetes tied eating pasta to a lower body mass index, or BMI. Here are a few reasons why:
• Pasta is rich in nutrients. It’s an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, as well as iron, folic acid and other B vitamins. According to the USDA, complex carbs should provide somewhere between 45 percent and 65 percent of your daily calories.
• Pasta is low in calories. One cup of cooked pasta contains just 200 calories and will help you feel full if you’re trying to lose weight.
• Pasta gives you energy. When your body breaks down complex carbs into glucose, that provides a slow and steady release of fuel for your brain and muscles.