Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pasta! Is it really OK to eat these days?

Over the years, I've heard so many horror stories about pasta that I'm still not sure if those little slimy strands are very healthy to eat! After all, this is the 21st Century and science should have some hard evidence by now... right? Well, maybe not...

The thing is, if you have taken the time to listen to the so-called experts, most everything has been considered bad for you, at one point in time or another. (I won't bother to go into the minutiae of the stories put out by the various publications over the years and years, you can look them up).

The truth is, most of the dire warnings about harmful foods are based upon sometimes dubious reports by experts who are often; biased, promoting a corporate agenda for profit or are just plain wrong! These same individuals have published flawed and ill-conceived studies, that over time, have been revealed as incorrect! Smoke and mirrors science, don't you know. I'm sure it was good media press at the time...

So, if you've managed to get beyond all the hype and smoke, let's look at a this rather simplistic breakfast creation! It's 67 grams pasta in a plain tomato sauce (also about 67 grams) with toast and a cup milk. The nutritional panel shows

that the calories were just 317 with low saturated fats, some fiber and a nice dose of protein. By any measure, this is an excellent 'diet' conscious meal that is possibly only lacking a small salad to complete it.

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