Who doesn’t love pasta! The most scrumptious food ever, edible in all forms- boiled, fried, baked and cooked. It can be mixed up with vegetables, beans, meat, and even with fruits, yet the fusion remains perfect as ever.
But, despite being a pasta lover, here are ten amazing and interesting facts which you’re surely unaware of. Let’s have a look!
1. Pasta’s Origin
Most of us believe that pasta has its roots in Italy. However, historical records show that pasta was enjoyed by the Chinese since 5,000 B.C. Marco Polo introduced it to Italy, but he introduced it with reference to another pasta-like food “Lasagna”, which was already available in Italy — it didn’t come out of the blue to the boot-shaped country.
2. Traditional Way of Eating Pasta
You’ll be surprised to know that pasta was traditionally eaten by hand instead of a fork or spoon.
3. Shapes of Pasta
More than 600 shapes of pasta are produced all over the world according to International Pasta Organization (oh yes, there is an organization for this!).
4. Pasta Consumption in Italy and USA
The International Organization for Pasta revealed that an average Italian consumes around 60 pounds of pasta each year. If this amount is consumed in the form of spaghetti, this will become 600 million kilometers, sufficient to circle the earth 15,000 times. On the other hand, the average American consumes, (only) 20 pounds per year.
5. Production of Pasta
Italians are known to be prolific pasta producers, exporting around 1.7 million tons and producing 3.5 million tons a year. The United States is reported to be the second largest pasta producer in the world, with a figure of 2 million tons in production.
6. Eating Pasta Makes You Happy
Yes, eating pasta activates your happiness transmitting neurons. The presence of carbohydrates in pasta elevates production of serotonin in the body, commonly referred to as the ‘happy’ hormone, a neurotransmitter that triggers feelings of happiness in the brain.
7. Pasta makes Dog’s Coat Glow
Pasta is not beneficial for just humans. It can be given to your dog too as it promotes growth development in them. Also, it adds gloss and health to their coats. Cats benefit from pasta as well.
8. Easy Preservation
You may keep dry pasta for a year. Make sure it’s uncooked! Cooked pasta can be preserved for up to three months, provided it is frozen.
9. Healthy Nutritional Food
Pasta is a healthy food which provides your body essential nutrients. About 200 calories, 40 gms of carbohydrates, no cholesterol, one gram of sodium and fat each — that’s what a cup of cooked spaghetti contains.
10. Cooking Fact
If you want to cook one billion pounds of pasta, the quantity of water that you will need is 2,021,452,000 gallons. This quantity of water is enough to occupy almost 75,000 Olympic sized pools.