PASTA & CHILDREN
Pasta: Energy in their plate
A delicious plate of spaghetti or a colourful pasta salad is a light meal full of much needed energy for children.
Pasta is located at the foundation of the healthy foods pyramid based on the Mediterranean diet, along with bread, rice and cereals, foods that should be consumed in larger quantity. The nutritional value of pasta is owed mainly to their high content of starch, as well as the fact that it can cover up to 50% of daily carbon hydrate needs. It is also a rich source of complex carbon hydrates, iron (assists the production of haemospherin), selenium (a powerful antioxidant), calcium (strengthens the bones), phosphorus, proteins and B-vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid), while containing little fat, cholesterol and sodium. Specifically, pasta provides high quality and easily digested proteins, a particularly attractive quality concerning infants and children. In effect, pasta is a pure, vegetal food which offers strength, important nutritional substances and slow-release energy, contrary to sugar and other simple carbon hydrates.
Furthermore, wholegrain pasta offer double the amount of fibre compared to traditional pasta, making spaghetti a dish which combines the taste all children demand with the high nutritional value which concerns their parents. A popular dish, pasta stands at the front lines of taste, satisfying children’s appetites any hour and every season.
No, not fattening!
A small serving of pasta (140 gr.) contains less than 1 gr. fat and only 220 calories, roughly 15% of daily needs, as well as 43 gr. carbon hydrates and 8 gr. protein. Combined with simple sauces with vegetables, meat, poultry or fish and low-fat dairy products, it becomes a healthy, rich in taste and poor in calories meal.