Celebrate World Pasta Day October 25

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Americans consume 6 billion pounds of pasta annually; this is approximately 19 pounds per person. Do you eat your share?

October 25 is recognized as World Pasta Day. United States ranks 7th behind Italy, Venezuela, Tunisia, Greece, Switzerland, and Sweden in pasta consumption. The top producers of pasta are Italy and the U.S. along with Brazil, Russia and Turkey. The Chinese are on record as making pasta as early as 3000 B.C.

Pasta is a healthy carbohydrate that is affordable and can be prepared in a variety of ways. A healthy serving is one-half to two-third cup of cooked pasta or one ounce of uncooked. The average person should consume six servings of grains a day with one-half being a whole grain.

Whole grains include wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, quinoa, sorghum, spelt and rye. All grains start life as a whole grain, this includes the entire seed of a plant; the bran, the germ and the endosperm. In the processing much of the seed is lost.

Research as shown that whole grains can reduce risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. The top nutrients in whole grains are protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, and B vitamins.

Read the ingredient label to determine if the foods you are purchasing are a whole grain product, the label can be misleading. For example the ingredient list needs to use such words as 100% whole wheat or whole oats. If the label states wheat flour this is not a whole grain product.

At home include more whole grains by substituting half the white flour with whole wheat flour in your favorite recipes for cookies, muffins, breads, quick breads and pancakes; replace one-third of the flour in a recipe with quick oats or old-fashion oats; or add one-half cup of cooked wheat berries, wild rice, brown rice, sorghum or barley to your favorite soup.

Celebrate World Pasta Day later this month by trying whole wheat pasta. The pasta has a light caramel color and a nutty taste. You will be taking the first step to increasing whole grains in your diet.

For more information on this subject call your local CSU Extension Office.

By Jennifer Wells
Southeast Area Family and Consumer Science Agent
Phone: (719) 254-7608


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