National Pasta Association

For generations, pasta has been a part of family traditions from weeknight meals to holiday feasts.  From hearty lasagna to delicate pasta salad, the recipe possibilities are endless.  Make pasta and create a family tradition that will last for years to come.

Busy families continue to search for foods that are healthy, satisfying and economical - and they do not need to look further than the pasta aisle.  Pasta is very low in sodium and non-egg varieties are cholesterol-free.  Per cup, enriched pastas provide an excellent source of folic acid and a good source of other essential nutrients, including iron and several B-vitamins.  Also, as a food that is low on the Glycemic Index (GI) - low GI foods are digested more slowly - pasta provides a slow release of energy without spiking blood sugar levels.

In response to dietary guidance urging Americans to include more whole grains in their diets, manufacturers have introduced nutritionally enhanced pasta varieties such as whole wheat, whole grain and pasta fortified with omega-3 fatty acids and additional fiber.  Some varieties of whole grain pasta can provide up to 25% of daily fiber requirements in every one cup portion.  There are now more options than ever for consumers to enjoy healthy and economical meals the whole family will love.