Is eating pasta fattening? Are the carbohydrates in pasta good for you?

Pasta serves as one of the building blocks of a healthy diet. It is a good source of complex carbohydrates, and a moderate source of protein, containing minerals such as iron and phosphorus, and essential B vitamins (Thiamine, Niacin and Riboflavin) as well as being fortified with folic acid. It is also low in sodium, fat and sugar and contains no cholesterol. The complex carbohydrates in pasta are digested slower and therefore help you feel full longer than refined or processed carbohydrate-containing foods. Health Canada's most popular publication, the Food Guide to Healthy Eating recommends 5-12 daily servings of grain products (including pasta). As with all foods, choosing the appropriate serving size matters, and with pasta, picking a healthy sauce also makes a difference.