All about the different types of pasta and which you should choose
By Health Promotion Board
Pasta 1: Carbonara
Pasta 2: Aglio Olio
Did you notice the difference between the types of pasta used? Yes, the aglio olio is made with wholegrain pasta, while the carbonara contains regular pasta made from refined grains.
Wholegrain contains more fibre and nutrients than refined grains, which loses a large part of its nutritional value in the refining process. Choose wholegrain over regular for more nutrients!
Related: Wholegrains — The Wise Choice
Creamy sauces like carbonara sauce are usually made from butter, cheese, and heavy cream, all of which pile on the saturated fat and calories.
A healthier option would be a lighter sauce such as the olive oil-based one in aglio olio, which is rich in good fat and cooked with fresh ingredients like garlic and chilli.
Related: Tips on Cooking Wholegrains
Up next is the protein: bacon vs. salmon. Which is the healthier option? You guessed it: it's better to trade the processed meat for fresh fish.
Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, a good fat. Bacon, on the other hand, is high in saturated fat and cholesterol, so eat less of those salty strips. The curing process for bacon (as well as other processed meats) also makes it the less healthy choice.
Related: Getting the Fats Right
The healthier dish is topped with a generous handful of chopped veggies, giving you optimum nutrition with important vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants, as well as fibre for good digestion.
Eating dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach also pumps up your iron levels, ensuring that you don't have iron deficiency.
Related: Smart Ways to Fill Up on Fruits and VegetablesFats Right
Soft drinks or water? Carbonated soft drinks are loaded with sugar, which gives you calories without nutrients. Switch that with a refreshing cup of iced water.
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