Pasta is not only Italians' favorite food but also a fundamental dish for anyone in search of a healthy, balanced diet: at every meal, it ensures the right intake of complex, slow-release carbohydrates, protein and fiber. Therefore, experts recommend, it is important to eat the appropriate quantities of pasta with the right sauces to enjoy its full benefits.
However, the mistaken belief that pasta is not healthy, and in particular that it helps to pile on the pounds, is "fake news" which still influences many people's eating habits, leading them to renounce the pleasure of a tasty dish of pasta on what is basically a false premise.
Because it is definitely an untruth.
In fact, recent research proves that not only is pasta nutritionally rich but, if included in a balanced diet in the quantities recommended by nutritionists, it has actually been shown to help people to lose weight thanks to its low sugar content.
These are the findings of a recent study published in the British Medical Journal Open performed on a sample of 2500 people. It emerged that not only did eating pasta not lead to an increase in weight or body fat in the sample group; in some cases eating pasta on a daily basis generated a slight reduction in weight. “To the point that, according to our findings, pasta does not have negative implications for body weight if eaten as part of a healthy diet”, the experts explain.
For all these reasons, every day Barilla – as underlined in the latest Sustainability Report – supplies the world with quality pasta, with the overall aim of constantly strengthening its promotion of “healthy food from responsible supply chains, inspired by the Italian lifestyle and the Mediterranean Diet”.
This social and environmental commitment makes all the difference between a pasta that just “tastes good” and a truly “good pasta”, good for People and the Planet.
For Barilla, therefore, producing genuine, high quality food is a mission. How does it do it?
In many ways, all of them convergent and complementary.
The starting-point is the many strict quality controls performed on the raw materials and the pasta itself to assess various factors, such as protein content, essential for the pasta's consistency and cooking properties, and grain color and health.
This is followed by a series of projects reflecting a well-structured strategy inspired by the guiding light of sustainability, as established by the Barilla Sustainable Farming Code and Sustainable High Quality Durum Wheat Production Regulations.
Pasta is a healthy, genuine food, one of the pillars of a good, healthy diet.
Barilla offers it to consumers around the world, after producing it in an environment-friendly, responsible way.
Which is the only approach to business that makes sense for a company like Barilla today, involving a real contribution to global food and nutrition challenges, in the awareness that: "feeding a constantly growing world population with good products, without damaging our Planet, is one of the biggest challenges of our age”. In the words of Guido Barilla.
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