Eating Healthy With Spaghetti

Most people eat spaghetti because they enjoy the taste. But as it turns out, it can be a pretty nutritious meal. Let’s consider some of the typical ingredients:

Dry spaghetti – Eating healthy starts with the pasta. Packaged Italian spaghetti (and other pasta) is always made with semolina—which is a coarse flour made from durum wheat. Durum wheat is a very hard wheat that is very high in protein. It contains all eight essential amino acids. It has a low glycemic index, has almost no fat, and is low calorie. See more details and complete nutritional breakdown of spaghetti.

Tomatoes – The most popular spaghetti sauces feature tomatoes as a key ingredient. Tomatoes are high in vitamins A, C, K and folate. They are rich in potassium, low in sodium, and have many other trace minerals and vitamins. They are low calorie, low carb, low fat, and low sugar. They have a low glycemic index, and contain no cholesterol. In addition, they are a good source of beta carotene and lycopene. See more details and complete nutritional breakdown of tomatoes.

Olive Oil – This is one of the “good” fats, rich in monounsaturated fats, and believed to contribute to the longevity of Italians. See more details and complete nutritional breakdown of olive oil.

Basil – This antioxidant herb is rich in vitamin K, lutein and beta carotene. Besides being nourishing it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. See more details and complete nutritional breakdown of basil.

Oregano – This herb is also rich in antioxidants and antimicrobials. See more details and complete nutritional breakdown of oregano.

Parsley – This antioxidant herb is rich in vitamin K and has cancer fighting components. It is also a good source of vitamin A and C. See more details and complete nutritional breakdown of parsley.

Garlic – There is some controversy as to the health benefits of garlic. But controversy aside, there is no question that the vitamin C, B6, manganese it contains can contribute to heart health. In addition, garlic is definitely capable of producing some beneficial antibiotic and immune system boosting properties. See more details and complete nutritional breakdown of garlic.

Onions – Onions are the “anti-everything” (in a good way) vegetable. They are anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cholesterol, and anti-cancer. Onions are low calorie and have a low glycemic index. They are rich in vitamin C, chromium and several other vitamins and minerals. See more details and complete nutritional breakdown of onions.

Parmesan Cheese – This famous spaghetti garnish is rich in protein and calcium. It contains all eight essential amino acids, and is a great nutritional complement to the dry pasta. See more details and complete nutritional breakdown of parmesan cheese. If you buy the Italian “protected food” version of parmesan cheese (called parmegiano reggiano), you will get an additional nutritional bonus—because it contains the antimicrobial protein lactoferrin, as well as a number of beneficial bacteria.


Special Spaghetti Nutrition Options:

For those spaghetti lovers with special needs or considerations....

Are you concerned about weight loss issues? (calories, carbs, fat, etc.) Stay tuned for some valuable information and suggestions we have for you---coming soon!

Do you have celiac or wheat allergy issues? Click here to read about some wheat-free/gluten-free spaghetti options for you. [NEW!!!]

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Important Note: The information on this site is for general educational purposes only. All foods can affect each individual person differently. Educate yourself on the subject, but be sure to consult appropriate nutritional or health care professionals for personal dietary advice.



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