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How Much Pasta is Too Much in Your Diet?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Most people love a steaming bowl of delicious pasta. Whether it's drizzled with tomato sauce or covered in cheese, pasta is the ultimate comfort food. Unfortunately, pasta often falls on the list of "do not eat" foods. It's not the worst in the world, but its health value has definitely been questioned. So what's the deal? Can we actually eat pasta? Or should we refrain? If you want to enjoy your next bowl of pasta without the guilt, check out these facts that you should know now.

Why is Pasta Bad?

Pasta is high in carbohydrates. For many, the struggle to keep carbohydrates under control is real. And if you love pasta, the challenge is even more difficult. It's easy to eat far more than necessary when you sit down with a plate of spaghetti or lasagna, and you may end up eating two or three servings of carbohydrates. While not all carbohydrates are bad, too many can lead to an excess of sugar production in the body, and eventually to excess weight gain. 

What are the Alternatives?

The good news is that there are healthier alternatives that you can add to your diet. The easiest option is to simply switch your typical pasta noodles for the whole grain option. Are these still carbohydrates? Yes, but you'll be getting a healthier version to feed your pasta obsession. An even healthier option is to learn to use vegetables in place of noodles. You'll simply spiral slice a zucchini or spaghetti squash, and then prepare as you would traditional noodles. Because the texture is different, these might take a little getting used to. But most people find them palatable -- and even preferred -- after the initial adjustment.

Can I Still Eat It?

Here's the best news yet: You can absolutely still eat pasta. It's not an all-or-nothing situation. The key is to eat in moderation. If you're really craving pasta, indulge. But stick to your one serving and fill the rest of your plate with vegetables. Pasta isn't the enemy. It's just food. Make a plan for keeping your pasta consumption under control, and you'll be good to go.

Eating a healthy and well balanced diet can be a challenge. We're so used to the sugar and salt and extra calories. It takes time and dedication to make a lasting change. But it's worth it! Get started toward a healthier diet with a slight change to your pasta menu. With a little awareness and a plan of action, you can enjoy that delicious dish without any guilt at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Alpharetta, Ga.

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