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Nutritional values

The cornerstone of the Mediterranean Diet
One hundred grams of pasta provide an energy intake of about 360kcal, 70% under  the form of complex carbohydrates, 10-13% in proteins and a small content in fats.
It follows that pasta is an important source of sugars (carbohydrates), pure energy for our body.
When combined with other kinds of food, such as fish, meat, cheese, vegetables, oil and more, it is used in many all-in-one courses, that provide a good intake in terms of both energy and nutrients – when pasta is consumed with legumes, it represents a easily digestible dish, and one of high nutritional value as well.
Moreover, pasta is also the cornerstone of the so-called Mediterranean Diet, considered very healthy by most of nutritionists.

Complex carbohydrate: fuel for sportsmen
Pasta is the staple food for all those who practice some sports for fun or to keep fit, and for professional athletes, too.
The importance of pasta in the athletes' diet has been discovered only after WWII: before this time, a high-in-proteins diet was usually preferred. Some researchers from Northern Europe (Christensen, Hansen and their followers) understood the substantial difference between proteins and carbohydrates in human diet, and applied their studies' results to sportsmen's diet: in short, proteins form muscular tissues, while complex carbohydrates (already turned into glycogen during the act of chewing) feed them.
It follows that carbohydrates are comparable to an ecological fuel, since they don't leave any dross in our body. That's why, after many experiments, sports world has fully realized that the glycogen's availability both on a muscular and on an hepatic level is “a factor that can have an influence on the performance level while performing long and demanding physical exercises (Bergstrom, 1967)”.

Why pasta is good for our health
Every now and then, the Mediterranean Diet's principles are called into question by food “fashions” promoting a low-carbohydrates consumption. From time to time, these phenomena  have attracted the attention of the international scientific community, worried about the negative consequences that these diet models may have on people's health.
AIDEPI, while defending the Mediterranean Diet, also supports any initiative aimed at spreading healthy and physically salutary food habits, like those enhancing the key role played by carbohydrates in our diet.

Carbohydrates, calories and obesity
Recent scientific researches show the increasing importance of our diet as a whole, rather than that of the single aliments and nutrients it includes. For instance, many clinical studies confirm that the excess of calories – and not carbohydrates – is to blame for obesity. Even when it is necessary to lose weight, a low calorie intake diet should include – in the right proportion – the presence of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. These three macro-nutrients, when well-balanced, are essential in order to build a healthy and customized diet.
In a time when obesity and diabetes are increasingly widespread all over the world, pasta and other low-glycemic index kinds of food may concur to glycemia and weight control – particularly for overweight people.

 

In a pasta dish (100 g)

Energy value

367 kcal

Carbohydrates

66 g

Fats

6,8 g

Proteins

9,5 g

 

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