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access_time October 25, 2016 chat_bubble_outline 0 comments 1899 views

Everyone loves pasta, one of the most popular Italian dishes! You could stir fry or bake, mix it with veggies, meat or fruits and toss it with a variety of sauces, but this versatile dish never fails to please. In fact, while pasta has become a staple diet for many across the world, there’s a lot you may not know about this scrumptious dish.

So on the occasion of World Pasta Day, here are 7 of the most interesting facts about the humble pasta that are sure to surprise you.

Yummy yummy pasta!; flickr

Yummy yummy pasta!; flickr

#1 Pasta Comes In More Shapes Than You Think!

You’ve probably sampled penne, spaghetti and macaroni but did you know that there’s a lot more to the pasta universe? The International Pasta Organization has recorded more than 600 different shapes of pasta made across the world! How many have you tried?

 

Just the few shapes that we know of!

Just the few shapes that we know!

# 2 Eating Your Way Around The World

If the Italians ate their average annual quantity of spaghetti-shaped pasta, it would be enough to wrap around the earth 15,000 times, i.e., 600 million kilometres of spaghetti pasta. If that’s just one country, you can imagine how much pasta the world eats combined!

 

Evidently no one loves pasta more than the Italians

Evidently no one loves pasta more than the Italians

#3 Traditional Way Of Eating Pasta

There’s nothing better than getting your hands dirty with some sinfully indulgent pasta. Don’t call us uncouth, we’re just following tradition. In fact, history shows that pasta is best eaten with your hands as opposed to the forks and spoons used today. So grab your next bowl of pasta and dig in!

 

Why use forks and spoons when you can eat with your hands!

Why use forks and spoons when you can eat with your hands

#4 Pasta Was Introduced In China

Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t Italy that invented pasta but China. Yes, you heard it right, pasta comes from the land of noodles and has a history that can be traced back to as early as 5000 B.C. In fact, it was Marco Polo, the famous explorer, who introduced this simple dish to Italy in the 12th century. The Italians popularised pasta as an easy-to-make dish and it soon became a world favourite. The rest, as they say, is ancient history!

 

So China not only produces almost everything we use but it also invented pasta!?

So China not only produces almost everything we use but it also invented pasta!?

#5 Jefferson Gave America More Than Just The Declaration Of Independence

Pasta, which was unheard of in the Americas till the late 18th century, was introduced and popularised by Thomas Jefferson in 1789. He was so in love with pasta that he is known to have served his guests macaroni and cheese during his term as the third US president. If this scrumptious dish proved enough for world leaders, we think it’s more than enough for us common folk.

 

If Mr President can love pasta, so can we!

If Mr President can fan girl over pasta, so can we!

#6 Pasta Makes You Happy

If you needed more reason to gorge on pasta, this is the best one! Scientists say eating pasta can make you a happier person. According to reports, the carbohydrates in pasta raise the body’s production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that activates feelings of cheerfulness and good health. So here’s to more pasta!

 

Money can't buy happiness but it can buy Pasta and that's the same thing!

Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy Pasta and that’s the same thing!

#7 Pasta Can Be Healthy Too

Not only does pasta make for a tasty meal, experts claim it is also good for your health. One cup of cooked spaghetti provides 8 grams of protein and several of the amino acids that help the body stay healthy. So if you’re looking to increase your protein intake, indulge in your favourite pasta dish now!

 

Good news for health freaks, pasta is healthy!

Good news for health freaks, pasta is healthy!

Okay enough talking, go grab a bowl of pasta NOW! Also, if you love reading about food as much as you love eating, click here to read more stories.

 

 

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Khushboo Sikawat

Lost in the books of CA, Khushboo always wondered how it would be like to travel and write for a living; for after all, she wasn't a number person. Finally, she decided to make her dream a reality! A travel writer now, she finds adventure in exploring new places and encountering different cultures. Apart from that, she also loves binge-watching animated films and reading books :D You can follow her on Instagram @BeingBoo

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