World Pasta Day

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World Pasta Day

Post by Nereus » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:34 am

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Stuck for dinner ideas for tonight? Then perhaps it’s time to cook up some spaghetti, penne or linguine in recognition of World Pasta Day.

The celebration of this staple of Italian cuisine, which comes dry and fresh and in all shapes and sizes, started in Naples in 1998 as an initiative of the World Pasta Congress, where experts from all over the world got together to discuss the glories of the noodle.

This tradition continues with the International Pasta Organisation using World Pasta Day to promote the eating of pasta, along with its cultural and culinary importance.

This year’s event will see industry leaders gather in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to discuss the economic, nutritional and cultural aspects of pasta.

According to the World Pasta Industry Status Report of 2013, about 14.3 million tonnes of pasta was produced worldwide.

Italy was the biggest producer with more than 3.4 million tonnes, followed by the US with two million and Brazil with 1.2 million.

Australia produced 50,000 tonnes, accounting for just 0.4 per cent of the world’s pasta output.

The European Union was the biggest producer with 35.7 per cent, followed by South and Central America on 21 per cent.

Not surprisingly, Italy topped world pasta consumption at 25.3kg per capita, followed by Tunisia at 16kg, Venezuela at 12.2kg and Greece on 11.5.

Pasta has copped a bad name in recent years with the rise in popularity of low-carb diets, so the IPO launched a new communications program, The Truth About Pasta, designed to reinforce that pasta fits into a healthy lifestyle.

It lists five good reasons consumers can continue to enjoy pasta as a delicious part of a healthy eating plan, stating that pasta is good for you and the planet, pasta is the pillar of the Mediterranean diet, pasta is energy that keeps you fuller for longer, pasta does not make you fat and pasta is tasty and brings people together. It has a toolkit that includes nutritional and scientific advice as well as recipes at
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