Perhaps the most obvious reason why Italian cuisine is good for you is because very little ingredients used in a traditional menu are processed. Pasta, bread, oils and even the dairy are all found to be minimally processed. Natural grains and quality oils are essential for quality Italian but don’t be fooled by restaurants claiming to be “authentic” that utilize heavily processed flour or pasta and low-grade oils.
Unlike the modified American-Italian menu that barely resembles anything found in Italy, authentic menus include a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. Tomatoes, spinach, citrus fruit, seafood, onions, and garlic tend to be the main staples, and each one provides abundant health benefits range from Vitamin A and C to healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Numerous studies have found convincing support that an Italian diet helps speed up the body’s metabolism and help detoxify it. Antioxidants such as lycopene, Vitamins A, C and E, selenium, beta-carotene, and lutein are all good for you and help remove free radical particles from the body that harm tissues and may be linked to cancer.
Seafood and olive oil are two of the essential ingredients used in Italian cuisine, and both are extremely beneficial to heart health. Healthy, unsaturated fats, healthy cholesterol, and omega-3 fatty acids are essential for maintaining a healthy heart.
Grains found in the bread and pasta, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes all contain fiber (indigestible carbohydrate) that helps promote healthy digestion, stabilizes blood sugar and reduces bad blood cholesterol levels.
The important part when it comes to eating healthy Italian food is making the right choice of where to eat. Sorrento Ristorante serves up an authentically inspired menu with modern twists that emphasizes the traditional Italian aspect of making everything in-house. From fresh seafood to handmade pasta and bread, Sorrento's menu is full of delectable yet healthy choices ranging from pasta dishes to seafood and everything in-between.