Spaghetti (and most other pastas, for that matter) has gotten a bad rap because of the long-running obsession with carbohydrates and cutting them out of diets. But the dish as a whole is really quite healthy. For instance, the iron and protein in the Bolognese sauce (a meat-based ragù that typically features beef and pork) build muscle—while the lycopene in the tomato sauce can improve your energy levels.
The pasta itself isn’t that bad either, particularly if you use whole-wheat pasta, which is full of healthy fiber. And let’s face it—our bodies need some carbs! After all, health experts at the McKinley Health Center, at University of Illinois, refer to carbohydrates as the body’s main source of fuel.