In addition to being good, pasta has the distinction of being known throughout the world. So much so that a world day is even dedicated to this typical product of Made in Italy cuisine, the World Pasta Day that is celebrated every year on October 25th. The goal is to promote consumption because it is a good, healthy and super nutritious food. Not by chance is one of the dishes par excellence of the Mediterranean diet, one of the healthiest in the world. Consumed in the right quantities and inserted in a healthy and balanced diet, pasta is good for health and even makes you “happy”.

Let’s see why with the help of Dr. Nicoletta Bocchino, nutritionist biologist…

Wholemeal pasta with vegetables

HELP REMAIN IN SHAPE

“Pasta is a good source of complex carbohydrates involved in the metabolic balance that allows you to use calories and stay in shape” explains Dr. Nicoletta Bocchino, nutritionist biologist. The suggestion is to prefer the integral one. “Compared to the refined one it has a lower glycemic index and a higher fiber content. Consequently, it is assimilated more slowly, ensures constant and long-lasting energy for the body and prolongs the sense of satiety”, explains the expert.

IT’S GOOD FOR THE MOMENT

“The pasta provides tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes the synthesis of serotonin. It is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood beyond satiety. It also supplies B-complex vitamins, involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that promote energy production,” explains nutritionist Nicoletta Bocchino. The main rule to follow is not to overdo the quantities. The ideal portion? “50-70 grams per day” suggests the expert. The ideal is to combine it with the classic tomato and extra virgin olive oil also with a vegetable dish.