Eating a healthy diet is one of the key things that almost everyone would like to achieve in their day-day life. Both pasta and rice are an excellent source of energy which contains low fat content. Rice have fiber which helps our bodies in getting rid of waste products and B vitamins for releasing energy from the consumed foods for proper working of the body. On the other hand, pasta contains dough made out of durum wheat B vitamins, fiber and iron.
Some people opine that rice is more superior to pasta in terms of their dietetic value whereas there are those who advocate for pasta compared to rice. According to researchers and nutritionists, there are pros and cons of eating the two types of starch-rich foods. In reality, our health status, the way we cook pasta or rice, our nutritional requirements amongst other factors dictates their importance in our bodies. Both of them serve given dietary purposes and are part of our well being to some extent. For those who still think of choosing between pasta and rice, there is need to consider their properties wholesomely well as their health impacts. This article will therefore give you a hint on why pasta is better or rather important than rice.
Glycemic index: This is the rate at which our bodies convert the carbohydrates form food we consume into sugars. Those foods with a low glycemic index are more preferred because they help in ensuring a stable blood sugar level while the foods with high glycemic index have a high tendency of spiking the ups and downs of energy. Pasta has a low glycemic index of about 40 whereas rice has a higher index of about 70. It can therefore be deduced that rice can cause trembling of blood sugar levels, cardiovascular diseases and Type 2 diabetes thus making pasta a better option.
Vitamins and dietary minerals: refined rice and pasta have lower levels of dietary contents and vitamins amounting to a few health benefits compared to their whole grain versions. Just to compare the nutritional value for an equal content of pasta and rice, pasta has a higher amount of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium, potassium, vitamins B2, B3, B9, E and K.
Level of satiation: based on this factor, both pasta and rice have no distinction but rather the same level of satiation. On a personal level, I love eating too much pasta, not just because it is delicious but also because I am not satiated like rice does. You cannot eat too much rice as soon as you feel you are full but pasta can.
Cooking time and cooking options: cooking rice can be problematic because it sticks to the pan and needs constant attention while you just need to put pasta in hot water and nothing else. Moreover pasta takes between 10-15 minutes to boil while rise takes 30-45 minutes.
In a nutshell, pasta helps in regulating intestinal transit, losing weight, stabilizing blood sugar levels as well as keeping a longer satiation. All these cannot be achieved by eating rice. It is therefore important to include pasta in your meal and a little bit of rice.