Is Pasta Healthy Or Nah?

 

Pasta dishes are very popular worldwide and are well known for being high in carbs, when eaten in spades.

Pasta also has Gluten in it and this protein causes all kinds of trouble for those who cannot stomach Gluten due to being Gluten-sensitive. Β 

The plus side though, is pasta can provide nutrients that we need for our health.

 

Now we’ll look and decided whether or not pasta is truly healthy or nah.

 

What Is Pasta?

Pasta is just a type of Noodle and history shows that it was always traditionally made from Wheat called β€œDurum” and Eggs or Water. From there you can make many types of noodle shapes and then put it in boiling hot water to cook.

Mostly now though, the Pasta products are made from just ordinary wheat. Similar noodles are made from different types of grains.. you may of heard of them, Β Rice, Barely & Buckwheat.

Depending on the type of Pasta being made some are refined during processing, which means stripping away many of the nutrients (Wheat Kernel to be specific) that are in it naturally.

Here are some of the most consumed types of Pastas we all eat below..

Β Β Β Spaghetti

Β Β Β Macaroni

Penne

Β Β Β Ravioli

Β Β Β Tortellini

The toppings that are common on all of these Pastas are Meats, Sauce, Herbs, Cheese & Vegetables.

 

Refined Pasta Is The Most Popular

The most popular Pasta that is eaten by the majority is refined Pasta, that means the Wheat kernel has been stripped of its nutrients as I said above; so it’s bran but also wheat germ AKA Germ too.

Refined pasta then has a higher calorie than its counterpart, Whole grain Pasta and is lower in fibre than the Whole grain version. Β This means energy decrease and not feeling as full as you should after eating (Click Here) whereas Whole grain Pasta will keep you fuller for longer.

 

Refined Pasta vs Whole Grain Pasta

Whole grain Pasta is high in fibre, selenium, copper, and phosphorus. Refined Pasta tends to be higher in Iron and B vitamins.

Fibre moves through the gastrointestinal (AKA Gut) tract undigested and Β helps us with feeling full. So for this reason whole grain pasta is more effective than refined pasta in decreasing appetite and cravings.

 

Also, is the better option all around if you’re going to eat one or the other. But more important than which Pasta you decide to eat, you should focus on healthier toppings because despite what you’ve heard this is where weight gain happens, on your choice of toppings rather than the type of pasta itself.

 

How To Make My Pasta Healthier Β Β 

I see no reason for Pasta to be unhealthy as this dish offers many ways to include Vegetables without even trying!

To be frank if your dish doesn’t have any, you’ve done that on purpose and are not as smart as you may think… just an idiot. Moving on…

Like I said above the topping is factor on whether or not the pasta is healthy or not!

 

Adding toppings that are high in fat like cream based sauces and a whole block of cheese in one sitting is the way to increase your weight not lower it.

You should be using Olive oil or Extra Virgin oil, if you’re going to be using any oils. Leave the other oils alone.. your heart will thank you for it.

Of course fresh vegetables and herbs on top instead of the cream and block of cheese is the way to go.

Meats; you can include Chicken or fish which is an extra portion of protein to keep you fuller for longer. The fibre factor; you can add Peppers & Tomatoes.

 

So Is Pasta Healthy Or Nah?

I no longer think that’s even the question anymore, it’s more a case of, are you healthy or nah?

I’m sure it’s yes, so you’ll include the above to your Pastas from now on and if it is a no, then you’ll most likely continue putting unhealthy toppings and destroying your health.

But to suggest that Pasta itself is unhealthy is simply unjust and because people have been adding toppings on the pasta does not = the pasta is unhealthy as most would like you to believe.

 

THAT’S IT!

I really enjoyed sharing this with you guys.Β  Please do let me know though…

What Do You Make Of All This?

What Is Your Favourite Pasta Dish?

What Will Be Your Choice Of Toppings Now On Pasta ?

Of course Any other questions are always welcome just leave a comment below

Until Then Ciao

We Look Up 倧 

Karim David

The Healthy One

112 Comments

  1. Linda Vitto June 13, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    As Italian I know this is the truth but I’m stubborn about refined pasta as I’ve grown up on it! This has given me something to think about anyway.

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    1. Karim June 13, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      Aha at least now it’s certified πŸ˜‰

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  2. Sam Nizar June 13, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    I’m a huge pasta fan and I’ve go to say I’ve notice that I felt rather tired after eating it many times over. I always put it down to my sleeping habits or work, but this makes sense because I would eat other foods and have the same sleep and feel better.

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    1. Karim June 13, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      Yeah this one of the reasons why I shared this with you as I know people get confused.. I’m glad it’s now clear for you though Sam πŸ™‚

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  3. Daniel Vuk June 13, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I’ll stick to the cream and cheese thanks.

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    1. Karim June 13, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      …….. πŸ˜†

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  4. Erland Paker June 13, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    One of my fav articles this year congrats Karim.

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  5. Beth Villadsen June 13, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Love it

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    1. Karim June 13, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks for the love Beth πŸ™‚

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  6. Jacque Desire June 13, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks for the advice Karim πŸ™‚

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    1. Karim June 13, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      No problem Jacque πŸ™‚

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  7. Grant Kinney June 13, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    This is just making me hungry πŸ˜€

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    1. Karim June 13, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Lol

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  8. Bill T. Jinder June 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Wow epic I’m guilty for putting cream on my pastas and I’m not sure on which pastas I like the best as they all taste so damn good!

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    1. Karim June 13, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      Well you could be Daniel Vuk (A none Di1 on the comments) and be stubborn and stick with your guns.. so for that reason I’m proud that you’re owning that. It’s really hard to choose I love the taste of them so much too!

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  9. Vear Butch June 13, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    My toppings will have no cheese but more vegetables on them

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    1. Karim June 13, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      πŸ™‚ I like it! Thanks for sharing this with us Vear πŸ™‚

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  10. Zac Bailey June 13, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I’m going vegetable crazy the next time I eat pasta and less of the meatballs and opt for fish instead.. Thank you for the heads up!

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    1. Karim June 13, 2018 at 10:14 pm

      You’re Welcome Zac! I can really feel your energy in that comment, go for it it will taste so gooddddd πŸ™‚

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  11. Alfred Sampson June 13, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Love all your content keep them coming πŸ™‚

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    1. Karim June 13, 2018 at 11:08 am

      Thank you Alfred that means a lot πŸ™‚

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  12. Zoran Ljubic June 13, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Nice article keep going I’m learning so much from you πŸ™‚

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    1. Karim June 13, 2018 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks! I will do/ I’m happy that you’re learning so much πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  13. Maria Rahner June 14, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Great post Karim. I really like Carbonara and Tetrazzini the most.

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    1. Karim June 15, 2018 at 9:31 am

      Thank you Maria & nice πŸ™‚

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  14. Sophie Hersh June 15, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Thanks for the tips as always! I’ll be putting less sauces on my pasta from now on and more veg.

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  15. Sam O'neal June 15, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    I’m switching to brown now, I thought you made some great points here as well.

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    1. Karim June 16, 2018 at 9:47 am

      Great news Sam, I’m very happy to know that! Thanks πŸ™‚

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  16. Jayden B. Stone June 15, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    This is making me want to have a pasta weekend breakfast, lunch and dinner!

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    1. Karim June 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

      OMG 🀣🀣🀣🀣

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  17. Chris Landau June 16, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Healthy toppings only thank you so much for this πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

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    1. Karim June 17, 2018 at 11:20 am

      πŸ™‚ You’re welcome

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  18. Einar Mitt June 16, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    This article is litttt thanks for the info πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

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    1. Karim June 17, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Thank you so much Einar πŸ™‚

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  19. Emma Alessi June 16, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    I adore Pasta too much to choose a favorite 😍

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    1. Karim June 17, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Lol

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  20. Johnny Ravens June 16, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    I’m going to be trying out different fishes instead of meat, I always have meat and it’s good to switch things up every now and then.

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    1. Karim June 17, 2018 at 11:21 am

      True I like your thinking Johnny πŸ™‚

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  21. Carla Henrikson June 16, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    No moderation talk this article is different to the 100’s I’ve read in over 30 years of study. This was my fav one on Pasta 🐐

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    1. Karim June 17, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Wow that’s a lot of years! I’m thankful you told me this, & I’m happy you think so Carla.. thank you for your kind words and emoji πŸ˜€ 😁

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  22. Donatella Nunes June 16, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    I was always afraid to start eating pasta, but saying that I also use to diet.. not anymore! It’s a Lifestyle I learnt that from the very best πŸ€—πŸ˜˜

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    1. Karim June 17, 2018 at 11:26 am

      Ahaha I love that! I’m really happy that my words have resonated with you Donatella 😁

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  23. Finn Baker June 17, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Use to avoiding pasta when I’m eating healthy, this is really debunking a lot of things I thought I knew but got totally wrong. I love pasta anyway so now I know I can get back to eating it just the brown version.

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    1. Karim June 18, 2018 at 11:54 am

      Exactly Finn great points made here.. I expose health for what it is, all myths and frauds will see the light We Look Up 倧 πŸ™πŸΏ

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  24. Albert Kool June 17, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    This has made me lowkey hungry now 😁

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    1. Karim June 18, 2018 at 11:55 am

      Ahaha πŸ™‚

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  25. Chiel Lmberg June 17, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    I really like Rigatoni pasta.

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    1. Karim June 18, 2018 at 11:55 am

      Me too Chiel πŸ™‚ Thanks for letting us know!

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  26. Max Lukas June 17, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Mac & Cheese is the best dish πŸ˜‹

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    1. Karim June 18, 2018 at 11:56 am

      Straight ☝🏿 It’s up there Max

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  27. Tristen Waters June 17, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Stop making me choose I wont! 😊

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    1. Karim June 18, 2018 at 11:58 am

      🀣🀣🀣🀣 I’ll leave you be Tristen

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  28. Henry Gaumont June 17, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Great advice πŸ‘ŒπŸΎ

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    1. Karim June 18, 2018 at 11:58 am

      Thanks I’m glad you think so Henry πŸ™‚

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  29. Pia Jasna June 17, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Ravioli Is my fav one, thanks for the tips πŸ‘πŸΌ

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    1. Karim June 18, 2018 at 11:59 am

      Cool.. You’re Welcome Pia πŸ™‚

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  30. Rae Lytton June 17, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Why can we not add cream to our pasta ?

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    1. Karim June 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      It’s really unhealthy, fattening and not productive towards our weight loss/Health goals.. I mean the ball is in your court so I hope you make the Healthy decision.

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  31. Tisha Anderson June 17, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Pasta’s back on the menu 😎

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    1. Karim June 18, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Like A Bosssss😎

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  32. Islei Syrusson June 18, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Love this article it stands out because no one is really saying what you are, it’s always don’t eat it refined or not! I’ve shared this too thanks πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. Karim June 19, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you so much Islei It’s nice to hear from you.. I agree to be honest πŸ™‚ and I appreciate the love man!

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  33. Patrick Williamsson June 18, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    I will opt for better quality meats along with vegetables as previously I only had microwave dishes.

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    1. Karim June 19, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      Yeah that sounds like a plan Patrick good on you πŸ™‚

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  34. Yiorgos Mavrou June 18, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    I’m so happy that Pasta is healthy I use to feel so guilty about eating it☺️

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    1. Karim June 19, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      Hahaha guilt free now πŸ™‚

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  35. Martino Hasikos June 18, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Finally the truth has been spoken about pasta not being public enemy number 1 πŸ—£

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    1. Karim June 19, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      Yesirrr πŸ™πŸΏ

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  36. Daphne Duffus June 19, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Thanks for sharpening my pasta knowledge πŸ‘πŸΏ

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    1. Karim June 19, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      You’re Welcome Daphne πŸ™‚

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  37. Dana McGill June 19, 2018 at 9:51 am

    I loved this article keep it up! Tuna and tomatoes will be my toppings πŸ™‚

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    1. Karim June 19, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you Dana I will do πŸ™‚

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  38. Zara Oates June 19, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Thank you Angel πŸ˜‡

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    1. Karim June 19, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      Awww You’re Welcome Zara πŸ™πŸΏ

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  39. Tasha Newhouse June 19, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Loving the content so much here.. the quality has gone up.

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    1. Karim June 19, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks for the love Tasha.. You know I was thinking exactly the same thing lately 😁😁😁

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  40. Louis Murray June 20, 2018 at 9:50 am

    All summer long Pasta babyyyyy πŸ˜›

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    1. Karim June 20, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      Haha yesirrr

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  41. Theo Cochran June 20, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    I loved this article nearly as much as I do eating pasta, that’s big respect from me to you brother.

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    1. Karim June 20, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ it means a lot to me Theo!

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  42. Tya Fennil June 20, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    You’ve changed my whole set up of how I see food you’re the 🐐

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    1. Karim June 20, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      I feel blessed to have made such an impact in your life Tya.. Aha thanks πŸ™πŸΏ

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  43. Neil Boode June 20, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    I’m a big fan of Carbonara with seafood as the topping. Thank you for making this clear I will be going for the brown grains now.

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    1. Karim June 20, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      You’re Welcome.. Awesome Neil πŸ™‚

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  44. Jazz Munshif June 20, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Lovely article here thank you for all of your help πŸ™‚

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    1. Karim June 20, 2018 at 8:40 pm

      No problem Jazz It’s truly my pleasure πŸ™‚

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  45. Barry Ayyar June 20, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Thank god it’s healthy for me to carry on eating! 😁

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    1. Karim June 20, 2018 at 8:40 pm

      Ahahaha straight uppppp!

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  46. Jacquie Kinghorn June 20, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Thank you for making this post because I’ve been eating pasta in fear for the longest, so this has been a big weight off my shoulders.

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    1. Karim June 20, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      Damn well I’m glad I was able to bring peace to your day πŸ™‚

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  47. Cind Jiao June 21, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Spaghetti bolognese is the best for me πŸ™‚

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    1. Karim June 21, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      That’s up there for me too Cind πŸ™‚

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  48. Tony Neway June 21, 2018 at 11:33 am

    I really like Pasta With Peppers and Mozzarella cheese.

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    1. Karim June 21, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      Wonderful Tony We’ve not had that one yet so thank you for sharing that with us!

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  49. Marlon Snee June 21, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    This ha shifted my perspective to the grain rather than the actual pasta itself.. does that make sense ?

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    1. Karim June 21, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Yeah but please do remember the toppings matter too.. make sure it’s got vegetables and healthy toppings on top πŸ™‚

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  50. Taleisha Polson June 21, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Nice explanation to an issue I’ve been wrestling with for years now, Lot’s of veggies I’ll be adding to my pasta too.

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    1. Karim June 21, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Ah well I’m glad I put this up for you to see then Taleisha πŸ™‚

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  51. Daniel Brystowe June 22, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Would recommend the green pesto or the red pesto sauce ?

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    1. Karim June 23, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Well they’re both healthy so it really comes down to your preference Daniel.. For me I like the green pesto more, I’d for the one you like best man, but hey thank you for the question I’ve never been asked that before πŸ™‚

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  52. Judie Blundell June 22, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    This was a great help to me thanks, I really like pasta with monk fish and asparagus.

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    1. Karim June 23, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      You’re Welcome Judie! I’ve never tried that combo out before, thanks for giving me a new one to try out πŸ™‚

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  53. Seb Pilego June 24, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I’m huge lover of Agnolotti that’s stuffed pasta. Have you ever had that before ?

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    1. Karim June 25, 2018 at 11:11 am

      Yeah I’ve eaten it before Seb πŸ™‚

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  54. Jason Gill June 24, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Amazing article Karim, Linguine is the best to me.

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    1. Karim June 25, 2018 at 11:14 am

      Thank you so much Jason.. and thanks for letting us know that πŸ™‚

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  55. Josh Parry June 26, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Love it the Pirlo ad brought me here πŸ™‚

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    1. Karim June 26, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      Ahaha thanks.. it was magic πŸ˜‰

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  56. Arcus K. Lee June 26, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    It’s so hard to choose which Pasta dish I like the best! they’re all so nice.

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    1. Karim June 26, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      I’m getting that a lot Arcus, you’re not the only one! πŸ™‚

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  57. Shantaya Ratcliffe June 26, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    This made me hungry and made my day, thanks for the advice.

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    1. Karim June 26, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Haha You’re Welcome Shantaya πŸ™‚

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