Is Pasta Healthy?
Everyone loves a good bowl of pasta — from a nest of spaghetti to a big bowl of gnocchi. But is the infamous food healthy? Find out here if pasta is good for you.
What is pasta?
Pasta is made from a leavened dough containing flour, water and sometimes eggs or oil. To find out more about whether pasta is vegan, check out our post here for the full lowdown.
Does pasta have any nutritional value?
Pasta has a good nutritional profile, as it contains important minerals such as calcium, iron and zinc, and also vitamins such as vitamin E and B. It can also be a great source of fibre — particularly wholemeal pasta where one serving can provide a third of recommended fibre intake for the day.
Is pasta healthy?
Pasta can absolutely be incorporated into a healthy diet. The NHS advises that over a third of the food we eat should be starchy foods such as pasta, so it can definitely be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. It is important to note though that sauces will naturally change the nutritional profile of any dishes you make, so sauces heavier in vegan cheese and cream and store-bought sauces will more likely have higher contents of fat, sugar and salt, so bear this in mind when cooking.
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by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.