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PASTA Nutrition    More Pasta Health Information
 

Pasta has always been a top nutrition player in our diets, and now this delicious food provides even more benefits

Pasta is fortified with folic acid. Folic acid are important throughout our lives. In a woman’s childbearing years, folic acid is a key nutrient because it helps to prevent some birth defects. There is also new evidence that folic acid may protect against heart disease and some types of cancer

A 1/2 cup of cooked pasta contains a mere 99 calories, less than half a gram of fat and less than 5 milligrams of sodium.

Pasta is high in complex carbohydrates, which help give you energy.

An article in the February 1998 issue of The Journal of THE American Medical Association reveals that increasing intake of folate and vitamin B6 may help women from developing coronary heart disease. Folate & B6 plays an important role in metabolism, reducing homecysteine levels.
What is the difference between folic acid and folate?

Folic acid is the synthetic form of the B vitamin found in fortified foods. Like cereals and pasta. Folic acid is better absorbed and more readily available to the body than folate.

Folate refers to the form of this vitamin found naturally occurring in foods and serves as an umbrella term for all forms of this vitamin, including folic acid.


*Homecysteine an amino acid that occurs naturally in the body. High levels are a risk factor for coronary artery disease. Homocysteine helps "bad cholesterol" (LDL) build fatty plaques in the coronary arteries.


TOMATOES    More Tomatoes Health Information
  • The tomato are the world’s most popular fruit. More than 60 million tons of tomatoes are produced per year, 16 million tons more than the second most popular fruit- the banana
  • Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A, C, Calcium and fiber and are cholesterol free. An average size tomato boasts only 35 calories. New medical research suggests that the consumption of lycopene – (the ingredient that makes the tomato red), is an antioxidant noted for its ability to reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men
  • Tomatoes also contain carotenoids, beta carotene, which are antioxidants,and offer protection against premature aging, cancer, heart disease and cataracts.
  • Tomatoes are lipophilic, which means their nutritional value is increased by being cooked. Cooked tomatoes may be more beneficial to your health than raw tomatoes
BEANS   More Beans Health Information
A near perfect health food, beans are high in carbohydrates, fiber, iron, and folic acid, yet contain little or no fat and no cholesterol. They have been shown to help lower cholesterol, fight certain types of cancer, & normalize blood sugar.

Nutrition Notes: Beans are abundant in phytochemicals and protease inhibitors that are being studied as anti-cancer agents.

Beans are one of the best sources of soluble fiber, which has been shown to help lower serum cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar. Insoluble fiber is also considerable in beans. Beans contain no cholesterol, and are low in fat.


FACTS ABOUT TUNA
Albacore: This is the variety with the lightest flesh and mildest flavor. It's usually canned as white tuna and sold at a higher price than light chunk tuna.



You'll have many varieties and grades of canned tuna to choose from. Your selection will depend on your tastes and the specific recipe used. Solid or fancy pack will contain large pieces of tuna and is usually albacore. Only albacore tuna may be labeled and sold as white tuna. Many will pay the higher price for white tuna because it has a milder flavor and lighter color. In fact, it looks very much like canned chunk chicken and can be substituted for canned chicken in many recipes.

Chunk tuna has smaller pieces. Flaked tuna is fairly broken apart and best used for salads where the tuna is intended to be mashed and mixed . The latest commercial innovation is tuna packed in vacuum pouches with no added oil or water. Unopened canned tuna can be stored in a cool cupboard up to one year. Place leftover canned tuna in a sealed container in the refrigerator and use within four days. Tuna salad with a dressing can be refrigerated up to three days. Cooked tuna dishes such as casseroles can be frozen up to two months

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