Lately there’s been a rumor going around that having a bowl of air-popped, unsalted popcorn for dinner is as nutritious for you as a bowl of pasta…
In fact, the editors at Pure Wow brought it to my attention when they asked for my thoughts on it for a story. Here is my take.
The Nutrition of Pasta
When I first heard this, of course my initial thought was…pasta isn’t exactly highly nutritious to start – a serving, suggested as 1/8 of a box of spaghetti (and lets be real..who only eats an 1/8 a box of spaghetti?), provides 200 calories, 2 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein, but little else in terms of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
But, what’s more troublesome is that it’s a refined grain– a simple carbohydrate that has a high glycemic load, which means it rapidly causes a blood sugar and insulin spike. When it comes to health and weight, it’s best to avoid or only consume high glycemic foods sparingly, because regular consumption of them is associated with weight gain, increased body fat, and increased risk of Type 2 diabetes.
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