As passionate pasta lovers, here at Marina Club, we believe that such a food is the ideal basis of a healthy and nourishing meal. Generally eaten with nutrient-dense foods such as fibre-filled vegetables and beans, heart-healthy fish, monounsaturated oils, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce, protein-packed cheeses, poultry and lean meats, pasta is delectable as it is satisfying.
Characterized by an abundant variety of plant foods, the Mediterranean Diet offers a smorgasbord of dishes that are tasty as they are wholesome. Pasta dishes are central to this diet, not only because they are flavoursome, but also because they are the perfect way to highlight and complement many of the other healthy foods. In one form or another, this food type is a staple in family meals, worldwide.
Have you ever wondered why athletes eat pasta before a big race or event? The main reason is because pasta provides glucose, which is the crucial fuel for your brain and muscles. Pasta helps sustain energy. An excellent source of complex carbohydrates provides a slow release of energy, unlike simple sugars which offer a quick, yet transitory lift of energy.
Low Sodium & Cholesterol-Free
The fact that pasta is very low in sodium and cholesterol-free, is an added plus. Reap the benefits of a good source of several essential nutrients, including iron and several B-vitamins. What’s more, if you opt for whole wheat pasta you’ll be consuming up to 25% of daily fibre requirements in every cup.
Having a low Glycemic Index (GI), pasta does not cause blood glucose levels to rise rapidly, which is obviously an added bonus for the health conscious. Blood glucose is sometimes referred to as blood ‘sugar’. The GI measures how rapidly a carbohydrate triggers a rise in said blood sugar – the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response. A low GI means a slower rate of digestion, which helps with appetite control.
Studies show there are no significant differences in weight loss over the long-term between low-carbohydrate diets and those considered ‘high’ carbohydrate, when dieters achieved similar calorie reductions. Pasta is a fat-free, low sodium food that can suitably fit in with your weight loss strategy as part of a healthy, balanced diet. One cup of cooked pasta contains a mere 100 calories, in addition to its indispensable vitamins and minerals. It’s also filling, which means you don’t feel peckish while trying to lose weight!
Pasta is the ideal Brain Food
The brain is a smart sugar hog and carb-craver, using 20% of the body’s carbohydrate supply. Yet it’s selective about the type of sugars it requires and how to metabolise them. When it receives a stable supply of sugar for fuel, it continues along easily, at a solid pace. However, when levels of sugar in the blood fluctuate, the brain doesn’t get its necessary fuel supply and behaviour and learning become more irregular. Blood sugar levels rely on the kinds of food our body absorbs: some carbohydrates calm behaviour, others excite it. The bottom line is, the complex carbohydrates found in pasta ensure a healthy consumption of the ideal brain food.
Aside from the aforementioned health benefits, one can’t deny pasta’s palatability and versatility. So next time you’re dining out with family and friends and don’t know which restaurant in Malta to choose, we recommend you to book a table at Marina Club located at the beautiful Valletta Waterfront. Our menu includes a variety of appetising pasta dishes, prepared by our dedicated and expert chefs.