Our expert says:
Pasta is a carbohydrates and because carbs are the best source of readily available fuel for physical exercise, pasta is a favourite food for athletes (Tour de France, iron man, etc). So for a person who is doing plenty of gym up to 7 times a week, pasta is an excellent food. If you add all kinds of rich and fatty sauces to the pasta then it may become fattening (carbs provide only 16 kJ per gram, while fat provides 37 kJ per gram). You are obviously not adding fatty sauces and foods to your pasta, so one could regard your lunch as ideal for a hard working athlete. If you use pasta made from Durum wheat, the pasta also has a low glycaemic index (GI), which has an even more positive effect on blood sugar levels and weightloss.
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