Friday, March 27, 2015

Food for thought: Portion-sized pasta

In this enlightening article on "Why Italians Aren't Fat", many here in the United States may not realize that our portion sizes are very different from those served in Italy. Why not enjoy a completely delicious plate of pasta -- but, Italian style....

“The pasta we are all eating comes in a very controlled portion. When it comes to eating pasta, Italians are very measurement conscious. And it’s a very easy formula to follow: 100 grams (3-1/2 ounces) or less of pasta per person. It is never a heaping portion like one you would expect in the States.”

“The beauty in the Italian way of eating is that you might start with wild asparagus in season for only a few weeks or fried artichokes, then have a little pasta and something else and panna cotta for dessert,” says Auriana.

You get three for four different tastes in one meal. Nothing like a little variety at your dinner table, right? And, really when it comes down to it -- portion control would work wonders here in the States.

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