There is a common misconception that eating pasta and sauce is unhealthy and has negative health consequences. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, both fresh pasta and freshly milled sauce, besides being delicious, have a number of health and wellness benefits. They provide a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fibre and help with bodily functions like blood sugar regulation. Pasta has been a dietary staple globally for thousands of years. Although Italy is the undisputed epicentre of pasta, historically, it has also been mentioned in Greek and Chinese literature, as early as the 4th century AD.
Despite its’ bad reputation, pasta has many health benefits. Pasta only has 100 calories per cup. It is a great source of carbohydrates for people who are active or athletic. The carbs are easily digestible and are low on the glycemic index, which helps regulate blood sugar and helps one feel full after eating. Pasta optimizes glycogen in the muscles and liver – ideal for serious or competitive athletes. Regular pasta has up to 6 grams of fibre per cup, great for digestion. Saucy Pasta’s specially formulated Gluten Free pasta has up to 12 grams of fibre per cup – a great source for plant-based diets. Pasta is also high in folic acid, essential for pregnant women.
Fresh-milled tomato sauce also has significant health benefits. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene – a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in the body – which are believed to be a source of cancer. Tomato sauce is also low in fat. It offers 25% of the recommended daily requirement of Vitamin A and 50% of daily Vitamin C requirements. Freshly milled sauce is also a an excellent source of B6 – an effective anti-inflammatory. It is also a good source of Pro-Vitamin A, an effective immune system booster. One cup of freshly milled sauce has up to 6 grams of fibre, aiding digestion, blood sugar regulation, and cholesterol levels.
With these facts in mind, one can now look at plate of fresh pasta and sauce without apprehension and guilt. Pasta and sauce are excellent sources of energy, fibre, vitamins and antioxidants… and pure deliciousness.
SUBMITTED BY: RICHARD GILLMAN, OWNER, SAUCY ARTISAN PASTA