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Oldways and World Pasta Day in USA Today!

December 2, 2010

(image via USA Today)

The festivities on October 25th may have happened over a month ago, but here at Oldways, we live every day like it’s World Pasta Day. You can imagine how pleased we were when this morning we woke up and saw this fabulous Snapshot in USA Today featuring Oldways (woo hoo!) and one of our favorite Mediterranean Diet foods. Did YOU guess which country consumed the most pasta? Ok, so Italy wasn’t a stretch of the imagination, but Venezuela? Tunisia? It’s interesting to see what cultures and populations have embraced not only the taste, but the health benefits of a nice hot plate of noodles.

According to the newly-released Healthy Pasta Meals Scientific Consensus Statement (PDF), “scientific research increasingly supports the importance of total diet, rather than individual foods and nutrients.” Also, many clinical trials confirm that excess calories, and not carbohydrates, are responsible for obesity. On an international scale, the statement also says pasta is:

  • A key component of many of the world’s traditional healthy eating patterns, such as the scientifically-proven Mediterranean Diet
  • An affordable healthy choice available in almost all societies
  • Enjoyed in cultural traditions worldwide, as they are versatile and easily adaptable to national/regional seasonal ingredients

So from our office to yours, wherever you may be, cheers to pasta (on any day of the year!).

– Alison

Download your own copy of  The Healthy Pasta Meals Scientific Consensus Statement (PDF)

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