Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Are Italians saying no to spaghetti?

It appears so.

Low-carb (and no-carb) diets are becoming popular and are even prescribed by physicians for certain patients.  That trend isn't going to stop anytime soon because it's a proven weight-loss plan - though I think some people take it too far.

Even the Italians are giving up on pasta, mirroring a pattern seen in the United States and elsewhere, with the rise of 'carbophobia'.  One in four Italians - 23 percent - say they are limiting the amount of spaghetti they eat for health reasons.
 
This pretty much matches the U.S. where carbohydrate consumption has been demonized because of an association with obesity.  In fact, a shift towards protein-rich diets has seen sales of bread, pasta, potatoes and rice fall in the U.S. and other developed nations as well.
 
And even Italy, the home of spaghetti, fusilli, pappardelle, tagliatelle, linguine and ravioli, is seeing the carb backlash.  Figures from retail analysts Mintel show annual pasta sales in Italy peaked at just over 1 million tons in 2008 and have been falling ever since.

The figure was down to 908,100 tons in 2016 and is predicted to fall further to 842,500 tons by 2021.
 

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