Eating pasta for breakfast might actually be good for you

As it turns out, being able to eat free from the judgemental stares of coworkers and customers at your local coffee shop staff is a dream you never knew you wanted. Can you imagine listening to when your body wanted you to eat, rather than conforming to “traditional meal times”?

Metro food writer Sirena Bergman knows all too much about this. Working from home a lot of the time now, she found herself slowly eschewing regular eating slots in favor of what her body told her she was in the mood for or, more importantly, what happened to be in the fridge at the time.

More often than not, what happened to be in her fridge was pasta, so in true carpe diem fashion, she started to have it regularly for breakfast. I mean, bodybuilders and footballers can do it so why can’t we? Certainly, the unleavened dough of durum wheat flour, mixed in with either water or eggs make for a good meal anytime of the day. And I don’t have to explain the serotonin rush you experience from start to finish.

But Sirena believes this phenomenon may actually be good for you.

Sirena recalls first starting on her spahgetterricfic journey: “For the most part, this manifested in the form of the previous night’s leftovers, enjoyed at 10 am rather than three hours later at ‘lunchtime’. But on the occasion, I woke up with a hankering for a bowl of pasta when there isn’t any that’s already cooked.”

The idea of whipping up a carbonara at 8 am may come across as ludicrous at first, but when you give time for the idea to settle in, along with actually doing it a few times, you’ll find there’s no real reason not to have it at breakfast, or whenever you want for that matter.

Pasta is one of the most favored (if not the most favored) foodstuffs in the western world. Although in recent years, the low-carb trend has vilified the Italian staple, the myriad of options for substitutes (from courgetti and spaghetti squash to spelt and quinoa pasta) only goes to show that it still forms a huge part of our diet.

Really, why try and wean off something that isn’t that bad for you? As mentioned, pasta is made from flour, eggs and olive oil; staples of many a home, and many a breakfast. And sauces that accompany pasta can include tomatoes, cheese, bacon and vegetables, ingredients that we wouldn’t think twice about putting on toast to eat first thing in the morning.

Nutritionally many people would argue that it makes more sense to have a big bowl of mac and cheese in the morning and a light spinach frittata or avocado toast for dinner, yet it’s still considered socially unacceptable. If it fits in with your lifestyle, why not? Obviously try not to go for seconds, thirds and fourths.

I believe that this probably happens more regularly than people would care to admit. If someone can’t remember what they had for breakfast when you ask them, it was probably pasta. But as usual, make sure you eat your pasta, at whatever time of day, as part of a balanced lifestyle.

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