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Forget Low Carb — Pasta Popular Again Because It's Cheap

Forget Low Carb — Pasta Popular Again Because It's Cheap

Some folks swear they've lost weight by sticking to a low-carb diet. Cheese, meat, and fresh veggies aren't cheap, though, so while this diet may help you shrink your waist, it's doing the same for your wallet. With the economy the way it is now, new stats show that pasta is back. Sales of pasta products including frozen, refrigerated, canned, and boxed pasta, soup mixes, and prepared dinners have risen five percent. That adds up to $6.4 billion worth of pasta. With this type of food being pretty inexpensive, people can feed themselves and their families on a smaller budget. Of course, the pasta companies are thrilled since the low-carb fad really hurt pasta sales. Now people are looking for ways to stretch their paychecks, and they've rediscovered pasta. This is a good thing since eating carbs can boost serotonin levels in your brain. In pasta's honor, I may have to whip out my I Love Carbs t-shirt.

Tell me, are you eating more pasta because it's less expensive?


madibearnotsomuch madibearnotsomuch 5 years
does france eat more rice or pasta? i really wanna know! i love both but i love pasta way more
Definitely eating more pasta and rice. But only brown rice and whole grain pasta. It's so much cheaper, and can really stretch out a meal of veggies and tofu.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 8 years
I love pasta - so many ways to cook it and it's sooo easy. I never stopped eating it :)
emalove emalove 8 years
I love pasta, but it often gives me a stomachache...sits like a brick in my stomach.
geebers geebers 8 years
I never followed low carbs because as a vegetarian there would be nothing for me to eat but beans and tofu. And I love my veggies so no way. Pasta can be healthy if you put way more vegetables on it and less pasta. Also whole grain pasta has protein in it. Olive oil is also better for you than other fats.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
divinelight same happened here!!
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
I've never believed in the low-carb diets, so I never lessened my pasta eating! I have switched over to whole wheat pasta though... that is all I will buy now... I think it tastes better too!
genniboo genniboo 8 years
i've not gone back to pasta and won't go back.. not just for the weightloss benefits its given me, but i find that carbs in general make me really drowsy and unenergetic - tired. I hate the bloated and "just about to fall asleep"-feeling pasta(/rice/potatoes/bread) gives me so I won't start eating it again :D Also, on my low carb lifestyle (i've been doing this half a year now) i've noticed that my skin has become much better, i barely never have mad carbcravings like i used to. So why should i change now?
jade408 jade408 8 years
I never gave up pasta, but I go whole wheat unless I get some fresh pasta. As for being cheap. Here, here to dried beans and lentils. I have been incorporating them into as many meals as possible as a good side dish.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
not just cheap, they taste really good anyway -_- any kind of pasta dishes is good i think.. lets all wear i love carbs tee! haha
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
divinelight- even though Atkins has been shown to help people lose weight, there was a recent study that said that people who ate a high-carb diet tended to have a lower body weight overall. I couldn't find the exact study, but here is another that suggests a higher-carb diet can lead to weight loss, and is also better for your brain: I know losing weight because you had surgery probably stinks a little bit though! I do only stick to whole-wheat + flax pasta, and load it with veggies and garlic, but I luurv my pasta. I probably eat it 3-4 times a week!
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
I love the kind at Trader Joes thats Whole Wheat + Flax, yummy!
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
yay! most people didn't give up pasta for the low-carb fade. go us :D!! obviously i didnt give it up either, like anything i eat it in moderation, usually once or twice a week. when i was in france my fiance and i ate pasta like 4 times a week, his friends thought we were super weird, i never gained one ounce from that, or lost any since i been eating it only once a week now.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I never stopped eating pasta. In fact, the more low-carby people got, the more I wanted it b/c I thought the whole craze was so darn silly.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
I've never been a fan of low-carb diets. They put me in a really terrible mood, to be honest. So I'm eating pasta, like always, and bread, like always. I could probably get back down to a size 2 (I'm SOOOO close!) if I restricted carbs, but who wants to be around me if I'm in a nasty mood, even if I'm skinny?
divinelight divinelight 8 years
I had oral surgery a month ago and I'm unable to bite into or even really chew very solid foods, so I've been living off of pasta (along with potatoes, oatmeal and soups). I've lost 13 pounds! Pretty impressive I think for all the stuff I hear about giving up carbs.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I never gave up pasta either. I don't eat a ton of it, but when I do make it, I usually choose the whole-wheat pasta. It tastes nutty and it has a lot more fiber and protein than regular white pasta. Sometimes I'll mix whole wheat and regular pasta,'s a good way to stretch your budget, since regular pasta's way cheaper than whole wheat.
michlny michlny 8 years
I think it is very unfortunate. Unless it is whole grain, the sudden popularity of refined pasta will have negative effects of the health of Americans. For reals.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I never stopped eating pasta and I like making things with whole wheat pasta. Plus you can easily make enough to have leftovers for the next day or 2.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I never gave up pasta even when it was taboo. I switched long ago to whole wheat pasta or quinoa pasta or spelt. Pasta is too good to give up.
SweetNGlow SweetNGlow 8 years
It might be yummy, but the grain in pasta influences blood sugar levels the same way as plain table sugar. Besides raising insulin levels in the body and their rapid carb intake, grains also release cortisol.
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
I love pasta! Pasta! Pasta! Pasta! Yum. I make it very often for me and my husband, who is a Marine, so he welcomes the carbs for working out, as do I. I always pair it with a hearty vegetable sauce or side dish like a salad. I go for a colorful look, whole wheat pasta and lots and lots of veggies and a lean mean.
Renee3327 Renee3327 8 years
I never stopped eating pasta, although I usually stick to the whole wheat variety. Pasta is good for you when you limit it to the serving size and load it up with veggies! Added bonus is that it's inexpensive, even the whole wheat kind.
legalbeagle legalbeagle 8 years
I'm Italian so my family has always eaten pasta and probably always will. If youre looking for healthy, cheap food to feed your family, pasta is perfect. I grew up on chicken broccoli and ziti, peas and pasta, red and green peppers with ziti, ziti ziti ziti- it was enough to drive us insane sometimes. One box was enough to feed us all for a few days with leftovers. Going back to the old school ways of eating isnt always a bad thing! My Nona was like a size 2 and ate like this all the time- she only ate out of small dishes though, never a full sized plate of anything. Its all about portions!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I'm eating it because it's a cheap pairing for salad or roasted veggies. I just bought a couple boxes of the Barilla Plus and it's super yummy. I was never a fan of the low-carb trend anyway.
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