Is pasta a light food (aperitif) or a main meal?
A full plate of pasta can be accepted as a main and complete meal. When it is serviced with sauces made of vegetable, meat, fish or cheese, it turns out to be a feast.
Can pasta be consumed at every age?
No special recommendations are made for certain age groups and no records in regard with the pasta consumption of certain age groups are available. Pasta can be consumed beginning from the very young age.
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Does pasta make you gain weight?
Pasta does not make you gain weight; just take care of the other food you eat with pasta. The glysemic index of pasta is low and this prevents a high storage of fat and sugar in the body. Prepared with a light sauce Pasta should take place in every balanced diet. Pasta is one of the main foods in the nutrition pyramid and it is advised to be eaten almost every day.
What is the nutrition pyramid?
The nutrition pyramid is a diagram published by the American Ministry of Agriculture which explains balanced nutrition. It includes a level for each group of food and shows the amount to be consumed. The bottom levels indicate the foods which should be consumed often, and upper levels indicate foods which should be consumed with measure.
What is the right portion for adults and children?
Nutrition scientists advise 80 g of uncooked pasta for grown-ups. Giving an amount for children is more difficult, but a portion for a child between the ages of 5-10 can be 56-60 g.
What are nutrition values?
It indicates the nutrition values (carbohydrate, protein, fat etc.) in 100 g food.
Can I be allergic to pasta?
Some people are allergic to foods which contain gluten (such as celiac diseases and phenylketonuri). These people cannot consume any wheat products (bread, cake etc.). Some companies are producing pasta from corn flour which does not contain gluten.