Pasta - Good or bad?
Many people view carbohydrate foods like pasta as weight-loss enemies, but choosing the right types of carb foods can help you lose weight by filling you up and preventing hunger.
How Much is Too Much?
The key to including pasta in your diet is moderation. One ‘serve’ of pasta is surprisingly small at just ½ cup cooked. Compare this to what most people eat, and you can see why pasta gets a bad reputation!
1 serve of cooked pasta
What Most People Eat (3+ serves of cooked pasta)
To keep your pasta intake in check, remember that:
1 serve = 110 calories (440 kJ) = ½ cup cooked = 30g dry
What To Look For?
Standard pasta contains around 110 cal per 30g uncooked serve, with just 1g of fibre. However, there are many new varieties available – low calorie, low carb, high protein & high fibre. Here are some brands to look out for!
There are many very-low-calorie pasta alternatives available, usually made on a vegetable base. These are a great option if you want to ‘bulk up’ your pasta serve, or if you want to reduce the total calorie content of your meal.
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