Can Pasta Consumption Lead to a Better Diet?

New research analyzing the diets of people who eat pasta has revealed more good news about one of America’s favorite foods. The research on pasta, presented at The Obesity Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans this past November, concluded that pasta consumption in adults is associated with overall better diet quality when compared to adults who don’t eat pasta. Also, pasta-eaters have greater adherence to the U.S. 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, as they are consuming greater amounts of shortfall nutrients, including folate, iron, magnesium and dietary fiber. Shortfall nutrients are the nutrients most people lack in their diets. The research also found that pasta consumers are eating more essential nutrients, less saturated fat and less added sugar compared to those who don’t eat pasta.

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