Great news for the whole family!
Whether you like your bolognese with chilli, topped with cheese or simply garnished with a few herbs from the garden - you're bound to be thrilled about new findings which reveal that Spaghetti is actually good for you.
Although pasta isn't exactly as healthy as fibre-rich veggies or protein-packed beans, the popular Italian noodle variety actually have a decent amount of health benefits worth considering, says registered dietitian and health expert, Diane Welland.
In September, a new US study which was published in Frontiers in Nutrition, analysed the diets of adults and kids who eat pasta. And it appears that pasta consumption in both children and adults is linked with a better diet quality and greater nutrient intakes than that people who don't eat pasta.
The study at hand looked at associations between pasta consumption, shortfall nutrient intakes as defined by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, and the quality of diets compared to pasta-less diets in the USA.
Given there are so many pasta types on the market, the researches noted that the pasta consumed covered all dry domestic and imported pasta/noodle varieties which were made up of only wheat and no egg.
"Pasta can be an effective building block for good nutrition throughout the lifecycle, as it serves as a perfect delivery system for fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, and legumes," explains Welland.
It's basically serves a role of support, enriching whole foods once they're paired together.
"Think of pasta as a canvas from which you can add almost any nutrient-dense, fiber-rich food you and your family like, to create memorable and delicious meals," Welland continued.
"This analysis underscores the nutritional importance of grains, such as pasta, as consistent with a healthy diet. It shows that pasta eaters have better quality diets than those who don’t eat pasta."
Ok, who's off to have some pasta? Let us know what you think on LifeStyle's Facebook page.
Watch Easy Ways to Live Well, Mondays at 8:30pm on LifeStyle.
Stream over 50 different sports & action-packed shows available across multiple devices with Foxtel Now. Available with a 10-day free* trial.