- Pasta consumption improves overall diet quality in adults and children
- Pasta consumption increases intake of nutrients and reduces intake of saturated fats in adults and children
- Pasta consumption lowers body weight in adult women
Pasta consumption in adults and children is linked to a better diet quality and better nutrient intakes than people who don't consume pasta.
The research results were published in Frontiers in Nutrition .
The research was conducted by Nutritional Strategies, on behalf of the National Pasta Association.
- Pasta consumption
- Shortfall nutrient intakes defined by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines (2015 DG)
- Diet quality
A number of positive nutritional dietary patterns were found in people who eat pasta when compared with people who don't eat pasta.
- Improved overall diet quality - measured by USDA's Health Eating Index- 2010 scale
- Higher intake of key shortfall nutrients in adults and children
- In adults - folate, iron, magnesium, dietary fiber
- In children - folate, iron, magnesium, dietary fiber, vitamin E
- Reduced daily intakes of saturated fat and added sugars in adults, saturated fat and total fat in children
- No difference in total daily calories and sodium intake
- Adult males and children had no significant associations with body weight, waist circumference and body mass index
- Pasta eating was associated with lower body weight and waist circumference in adult women (19-50 years)
"Pasta can be an effective building block for good nutrition throughout the life cycle, as it serves as a perfect delivery system for fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, and legumes," says dietitian Diane Welland.