New York, NY (PRWEB) December 19, 2013
Among foods that really get a bad rap is pasta, but pasta in and of itself is not very fattening at all. According to De Cecco, the premium Italian pasta maker (http://www.dececcousa.com), pasta contains approximately 200 calories and only 1 gram of fat, per serving.*
De Cecco, made in the mountains of Italy, uses only the heart of durum wheat to produce the highest quality, premium semolina. It is then mixed with cool, natural waters from De Cecco’s own mountain spring, drawing the semolina dough through bronze dies and drying the pasta very slowly at a low temperature.
Because pasta is a complex carbohydrate made of durum wheat, as opposed to a simple carbohydrate (as found in white bread, cake and pastries), it has a low glycemic index. That means that pasta is digested more slowly than sugars, keeping you satisfied longer.
Pasta also offers the fiber content to make you feel full and keep you from grabbing unhealthy foods. It is an excellent source of protein and a range of vitamins and minerals. This also makes it more healthful for the growing number of Americans who need to watch their sugar intake for medical reasons.
Pasta can be enjoyed as part of the Mediterranean diet, which has proven health benefits and includes food people really enjoy such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and pasta. It’s an eating plan that not only individuals, but entire families can stick with.
Healthy pasta recipe ideas include using vegetables and light tomato-based sauces or olive oil, instead of creamy sauces or heavy meats. Seafood is an excellent addition to pasta which is also low in fat, and a great source of particular vitamins and minerals which hold very important functions within the body.
There are many easy pasta recipes which make this nutritious food very convenient for today’s busy cooks. When trying to eat healthier, you don’t have to wonder “Is pasta healthy?” since there are many ways to prepare pasta that are. So go ahead and enjoy your pasta without guilt!
Dieting Myths, Facts & Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution, from De Cecco
1. Myth: Pasta, potatoes and rice are fattening.
Fact: Ultimately it is an excess of calories that makes us pile on the pounds, it doesn’t matter where those calories come from.
Tip: Go for high fiber carbs such as brown rice and whole wheat pasta and multi-grain bread.
2. Myth: Food eaten late at night stops you from losing weight.
Fact: It’s not eating in the evening that stops you from losing weight. Providing you eat less calories than you burn each day you will lose weight, regardless of when you consume those calories.
Tip: Get into the habit of planning ahead and always make sure you have enough calories left in your chosen diet for dinner and any snacks you may want during the evening hours.
3. Myth: Diets don’t work.
Fact: If you take in fewer calories than you expend, your body starts to use up its fat stores to get the calories it needs to keep functioning properly. Over time, this will result in weight loss. The key is to follow a moderately restricted diet rather than an extreme diet. You’ll be far more likely to ‘give up’ if you follow a diet that has too many restrictions.
Tip: Make sure you follow a well-balanced diet plan that enables you to include your favorite foods, and never try to lose more than 1-2 pounds a week. To lose one pound of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you consume – it’s easy to shed one pound per week simply by reducing your calorie intake by 500 calories a day.
De Cecco is Italy’s premium pasta, chosen by renowned chefs because they know the secret to making unsurpassed pasta – the De Cecco Difference! Carefully crafted in the mountains of Central Italy, De Cecco uses a proprietary process to make its 160 pasta varieties, including organic, whole wheat, veggie and egg pasta.
Over the years De Cecco has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, and was recently inducted to the Italian Trade Commission’s Hall of Fame. Founded in 1886 by the De Cecco brothers in the Abruzzo region of central Italy, today De Cecco exports to more than 87 countries and is the world’s third largest manufacturer of pasta. Their product line includes premium pasta, sauces, and its own brand of olive oil, among other related fine foods. Visit http://www.dececcousa.com for a wide selection of recipes and product information.
*Serving portions may vary according to pasta shape and size. Portions, serving sizes and calorie content can be found on all boxes of De Cecco pasta. Recipes may also be found on the De Cecco website at http://www.dececcousa.com.