Customers will enjoy, in addition to unlimited breadsticks and unlimited soup or salad, unlimited pasta for $9.99, according Olive Garden. The pastas available include new cavatappi corkscrew, spaghetti, whole wheat linguine, angel hair, linguine, fettucini and penne. Cavatappi, according to Wikipedia, is macaroni in a spiral tube shape.
The sauces are new asiago garlic alfredo, new sausage pomodoro, marinara, five cheese marinara, alfredo and meat sauce. Pomodoro is Italian for "tomato".
Want some protein to go with it? For an extra $2.99, you get your choice of unlimited new chicken fritta, meatballs or Italian sausage.
Pastas and sauces may vary by location, the site notes.
Italian food, especially pasta, has many health benefits. According to InternationalPasta.org, pasta has a low glycemic index, which means it converts into sugar slowly. This makes it a good food for people with diabetes. A study published by the University of Kuopio reported that rye and pasta-based carbohydrates may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Pasta is a cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet, which a study by Taub Institute for Research in Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain in New York showed lowered the risk of Alzheimer's disease. The Mediterranean diet may also prevent cardiovascular disease, according to a study by the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.
A University of Illinois study notes that tomato-based sauces may help fight prostate cancer. Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which repairs damaged cells.
"For extra health benefits, try a whole grain pasta variety of pasta for dinner," reads InternationalPasta.org. "Whole grains provide a healthy mix of nutrients proven to be beneficial in the fight against heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, even obesity. Pasta is a delicious and family-friendly way to add more whole grains to any diet."
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