Pasta: Healthy for You, Healthy for the Environment

As the summer months draw near, we have seen more stories about dieting and weight loss to prepare for summer vacations and days at the pool or beach. While tips about healthy eating, good nutrition and exercise are helpful, too often carbohydrates – specifically breads and pastas – fall victim to unhealthy claims, such as: “Carbs make you fat.” The truth is carbohydrates are actually a key nutrient and an important component of a healthy diet.

According to the International Pasta Organization website, there is broad worldwide consensus among high-level nutrition scientists and related experts concerning healthful ratio ranges among the major macronutrients: carbohydrates at 45-60% of calories; fat at 25-30% of calories; and proteins at 15-20% of calories. In other words, carbohydrates should make up the majority of daily calories consumed.

To promote the truth about carbohydrates and combat the rise of misinformed claims, the International Pasta Organization launched a new communication initiative to promote the many benefits of pasta. “The Truth About Pasta” initiative aims to connect consumers with fact-based information and healthy pasta meal recipes.

In addition to being a healthy choice for consumers, pasta is also one of the more environmentally friendly and sustainable food products. It is one of the least intensive foods to produce, and has a small carbon footprint from farm to table as compared to other foods. Research published in Ecosystems found that grains, like the wheat used to make pasta, use only 0.51 liters of water to produce 1 calorie of food.

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Check out “The Truth About Pasta” website and sign up for the e-newsletter for more facts and information. You may be surprised what you learn about pasta!