Myth: You can’t eat pasta on a diet
Trying to slim down? Don’t be so quick to outlaw every carbohydrate in your kitchen-especially pasta. “Pasta is a low G.I. [glycemic index] carbohydrate, so it breaks down slowly in your body and doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels,” says Zannat Reza, a Toronto-based registered dietitian. It’s also a source of folic acid, a B vitamin that’s recommended for women of child-bearing age.
The key to being a healthy pasta eater is all in the sauce. Go for a tomato-based marinara rather than a creamy alfredo to cut the fat. And remember to pay attention to portion size-one serving is a half cup, but Reza says it’s okay to eat between two to four servings for a whole meal. Just make sure not to exceed Canada’s Food Guide recommendation of six to seven servings a day of grain products.