Before you twirl your fork into that fresh bowl of pasta and red sauce, take a moment to appreciate the rich culture and heritage behind it. Beyond its delicious flavors and delectable wine pairings, Italian food is good for the soul and the body.
Fruits and Vegetables First
Fruits and vegetables play important roles in the Italian kitchen. Many foods like spinach, tomato, citrus fruit, garlic, and onions are staples in Italian cuisine. Tomato sauce is rich in nutrients and the other fruits and vegetables can help promote healthy vision and iron. Using these products in your cooking can benefit your waistline in the long run.
A Healthy Heart
Olive oil and seafood are staples of Italian cuisine. Both of these are healthy fats which contain omega-3 fatty acids and unsaturated fats, promoting heart health. Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to the prevention of heart disease and reducing high blood pressure. In addition, red wine is a staple of Italian cuisine and it has been hypothesized that a glass of wine at a meal can be good for your heart!
Many of the ingredients in Italian food contain powerful antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C, and E as well as lutein, beta-carotene and lypocene. These are most prevalent in foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts with are staples in the Italian diet. Eating foods high in antioxidants can reduce cancer risk because they help protect your body from free radicals which can cause cell damage. So feel free to help yourself to another school of tomato sauce.
Power of Dietary Fiber
Fiber is a carbohydrate found in plant foods and is indigestible in humans. Fiber, which is abundant in Italian cuisine can help reduce blood cholesterol, maintain stable blood sugar and prevent constipation. Fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and nuts are all important to Italian cooking.
The Best Italian Cuisine from Basta Pasta
For over 12 years, Basta Pasta has been providing people from Maryland with fresh, delicious Italian special cooked with the highest quality ingredients. Enjoy the health benefits of Italian food and make reservations at our Timonium location online or call at 410-308-0838. To make a reservation at our location in Fallston contact us online or call 410-692-5200. To find out more about out menu and our business, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.