The human body is created of systems which are made of organs and tissues. All tissues are made from cells. The basic building unit of cells are proteins which are then made of amino acids, which in total amount to 20 amino acids found within the human body. There are ten of these amino acids that the human body cannot produce by itself, so we need to introduce these through our food intake. These amino acids are regarded as essential while others can be produced within the body.
Pasta itself contains very little fat – only 1 gram in egg-free pasta and up to 2.5 grams in egg pasta in 100 grams of product. Furthermore, pasta is rich with fibre and provides a greater sense of fullness than consuming food with less fibre content, and also causes faster digestion. Additionally, pasta is rich with protein, essential for growth and development of human organisms.
Cereal and eggs are a very good source of vitamin B complex, among which are vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), nicotinic acid (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), vitamin B6 (piridoksin), folic acid and vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin). Each of them play a distinctive role and effect.
Vitamin B1 helps prevent fatigue, while B5 plays an important role in conveying impulse transmitters (neurotransmiters) acetilholin, which means that its deficiency can even result in mood changes. Vitamin B12 is directly linked to nerve cell activity, DNA replication and formation of special substances that influence mood S-Adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe). B12 deficiency can cause pernicious anaemia.
Italians are eating 3 to 5 times more pasta than Croatians and they are known as the longest living nation in the world.
It is a common misconception that pasta is purely a side dish when it comes to lunchtime. We’d like to suggest several creative examples:
Breakfast: Pasta (with eggs) and probiotic yogurt
Lunch: Pasta in soup, as main course, side dish, salad etc.
Snack: Pasta salad
Dinner: Cooked pasta sprinkled with cocoa, poppy seeds or walnuts