Back in 2016, Italian scientists published a groundbreaking analysis that changed the modern perception of pasta. According to the study, those low-carb, protein-rich, and paleo-inspired diets are not that healthy. Therefore, pasta might not be so bad after all.
Let’s Talk About Nutrients & Pasta
Pasta is rich in complex carbohydrates and protein, but it’s also low in fat. However, there are different types of pasta, and numbers can differ. There are some types of pasta that provide empty carbs, which means that they offer very little nutritional value alongside the calories.
Since pasta contains gluten (the same protein responsible for giving bread dough its elasticity), people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance may be allergic to wheat products, which includes wheat pasta.
Around 2015, gluten-free diets became popular worldwide. Nearly 100 million Americans say they ate gluten-free products in 2015, spending over $4 billion on gluten-free products without any medical reason. There was a misconception that pasta is a fattening food, but this is not the case.
Since 1998, all refined grain products in the United States have been fortified with folic acid. What does that mean? Let’s give a pasta example…
1 cup of cooked pasta contains about 100 micrograms of folic acid, which is 25% of the recommended daily intake. Folic acid is used to fortify foods, as well as in supplements, and a study shows that it’s better absorbed by the body than the vitamin naturally found in foods.
Back to the Italian Study
Over 20,000 respondents from all over Italy helped to collect some critical nutritional data. The researchers found pasta consumption to be “significantly and negatively” associated with body mass index (BMI), waist and hip circumference, and waist-to-hip ratio. Remember, this data is collected in Italy, where they don’t have the same folic acid regulation. And even without the folic acid benefits, the results clearly state that pasta is indeed right for you. The pasta enthusiasts were less likely to be overweight, according to the study.
Of course, don’t consider pasta to be a magical food that will help you lose weight. But it won’t make you gain weight as well.
Pro tip: Adding vegetables (both chopped or pureed will work) to your pasta sauce is an easy way to increase your consumption of fiber, essential vitamins, and minerals.
Not all honeymoons are exotic and romantic. Well, they are, but what do you think is the worst that can happen during your honeymoon? The flight getting canceled, the car breaking down, getting lost, the hotel being attacked by zombies? While the part about the zombies may not be true, honeymoon horror stories definitely do exist. Keep scrolling…
It’s not just sad, but also embarrassing to be caught with a call girl on your honeymoon. A 21-year-old man was caught soliciting illicit substances while he was on his honeymoon vacation.
His clueless wife couldn’t find him at the hotel and reported him missing at the station — unaware that he was in police custody. Poor, lady!
Ever considered a honeymoon vacation in a third-world country? These lovebirds from Northern Ireland are currently spending their honeymoon in India. While India is an extremely interesting destination with a rich history, this couple is hardly used to the lifestyle, culture, and cuisine.
So, with that, it doesn’t come as a huge shock that the OP’s wife has already vomited on the side of the road. It’s just a bummer that it had to be on the OP’s birthday!
An Unforgettable Night…
Waiting until your wedding day to be intimate with your partner can be truly special but, it can also end in disaster. And we think this newlywed couple would agree.
The wife didn’t realize she had a mild latex allergy. Apart from that, she didn’t even know that she should pee after being intimate so she ended up getting rushed to the ER for a kidney infection!
The Honeymooners Curse
This story was posted by a friend of two different couples that had two different — but equally horrible — honeymoon experiences. The first set of friends came down with Legionnaires’ disease while vacationing in an old sultan’s palace.
The other duo went on a dream safari honeymoon when the wife had an allergic reaction and a seizure so severe that she broke a couple of vertebrae! Perhaps this OP should skip their honeymoon altogether unless they too want to experience the Honeymooners Curse!
My Best Friend’s Wedding: The Failure
Who would you take on your honeymoon? Definitely not your parents. How about your best friend? Still a big no. This couple thought otherwise. The bride decided that it would be a fun idea to take her best friend on their honeymoon.
She probably didn’t think it would be fun to catch her husband and best friend engaged in some x-rated activities. Yes, the unthinkable happened. We can only imagine how the bride must have felt…
We Are Family
What throws you on the verge of separation? Distance or over-sharing? This couple was offered a beach house by the groom’s grandparents for a week of honeymooning. When they arrived, though, they weren’t alone.
It wasn’t just the newlyweds and grandparents — it was over 20 relatives cooped up in a three-bedroom house. The OP wanted to book a hotel room but her husband didn’t want to offend anyone. They were later shamed for taking a walk on the beach and not spending enough time with the family.
Along Came Polly?
What’s more important, going on a cruise or grieving? This guy knows. A newly-wed couple was set to take a cruise for their honeymoon. The wife leaves a day before to catch up with friends. The next day arrives, and the wife is nowhere to be found.
Guess where she is? Canoodling with another guy. It’s weird because she could have just said no at the altar — that would have saved money and time. Even so, the husband decided to go on the cruise anyway. Good for him!
Dream Turned Nightmare
How amazing does a 14-day European honeymoon sound? We know — that would be a dream come true. What if we told you that you could have that honeymoon, but along with a case of kidney stones? Would you still want to go on that trip? The OP was admitted to the hospital days before their flight, and all thanks to kidney stones.
She wasn’t healed by the time the honeymoon rolled around and so, she spent an eight-hour flight either puking or peeing every 10 minutes. Thinking that it was over, the wife then suffered from yet another kidney stone after they landed — and then she got bronchitis!
This post-wedding nuptial is just sad. Despite the fact that they planned the whole trip to a tee, life can be quite unexpected. The bride got sick, their car broke down, and the grandmother passed away.
They ended up going home early to recuperate, and it’s a good thing they did because they were able to give themselves a “do-over” for their anniversary the next year.
Straight Out of a Movie
After this couple’s experience, they probably never wanted to travel again! The two planned a romantic trip to Thailand. While on a drive around the city, the driver had a surprise for them.
He tried to rob them. The couple acted instinctually, with the wife smashing a bottle over the driver’s head. The husband then wrestled the knife out of the driver’s hand, and the newlyweds made a run for it. They ended up leaving the island the next day.
Should Have Held onto That Pole
This post doesn’t come from the couple’s POV, or even a friend. It comes from a random bystander that was in Mexico with her family when she saw a young couple that looked quite shaken up. A young woman seemed to be crying and behind her, a distraught man.
As they were being escorted by security and a medical team, the OP noticed that they were both full of bruises and cuts. It turns out that they had fallen off the balcony! Ouch!
The Cruise Ship Chronicles
It sounds like this young couple ran into one thing after another on this cruise ship. And despite that fact, it seems as though they kept a pretty good attitude about it all considering that the OP and her husband couldn’t help but laugh.
There’s no denying that their honeymoon kept them on their toes — especially when it came to getting chased by a homeless guy at one of the ports.
Ever Heard of Knocking?
Have you ever had the hotel staff come into your room before you’ve checked out of the hotel? While room service is something we all enjoy, none of us want the cleaners to enter without warning.
While this couple was honeymooning their way to nirvana, a hotel maid decided to barge in — two hours before check-out! The bride acted fast and called shots on the blanket. As for the husband, well, he was on display.
Welcome to Minturn, Colorado!
What is the worst thing that can happen if your car engine breaks down in the middle of the highway? This couple might have a thing or two to say. The two spent a fabulous week in Colorado, but on their way home, their old Pontiac broke down.
They checked into a room at a cheap motel and that’s where things went downhill. Not only was their door missing a lock, but they also saw another room sealed off with police tape. Sketchy…
A Not-So Picture-Perfect Moment
What would you do if your partner unintentionally cleared your entire gallery of honeymoon photos? If you’re somewhat like this OP, then you definitely cherish these picture-perfect moments.
And so, if your husband or wife accidentally wiped your photo album clean, then you’d probably be a little upset. Let’s just hope this little mishap didn’t ruin their whole honeymoon.
20 Years Later
How do you fight in an era without cell phones? This couple knows. You go for a drive so you can have some time to think and, of course, you pick up some Taco Bell.
Then, you eat both the burrito you got for yourself and the one you got for your SO — ya know, because you’re mad at them. Clearly, that method works for this couple because they’re still together 20 years later.
A Shotgun Wedding
We’ve all heard of shotgun weddings — a wedding that’s arranged in order to avoid embarrassment due to an unintended pregnancy.
Although they got the timing of their wedding down perfectly, we can’t say the same for their honeymoon. Babies should be allowed to go on their parents’ postnuptial holiday.
Grab Them Snow Boots
Ever had a weather disaster during a vacation? In this case, it’s the couple’s honeymoon, but at least they tried to make the most of it. Their honeymoon started with 12 inches of snow.
And because of that, the city of San Antonio was essentially shut down. The honeymoon then ended with an infection in the OP’s parotid gland!
The Terminal: Lost in Italy
How expensive a mistake is it to overlook an itinerary? This couple can tell you considering that they missed their flight.
Even so, despite the fact that they had to spend more time and money traveling around Siena, Italy, it ended up being the best part of their trip! We guess that not every honeymoon story on this list ends in horror!
Accidents are a common phenomenon for tourists. This, however, is just weird. The couple rented a scooter. After roaming around through the towns for 30 minutes, the husband yells that there’s a cement truck headed their way.
The wife then ends up driving them into a ditch — and with that came a broken leg. It turns out that the cement truck was actually a motorbike pulling a cart full of cement.
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up
This, here, is everything you can imagine to go wrong. Then again, you know what they say — ‘when it rains, it pours!’
Despite the fact that this couple encountered a never-ending list of issues during their honeymoon, it seems like their love is everlasting. They have been married for 17 years, after all!
A Case of the Pox
This OP is totally right — he and his wife really did have a disaster of a honeymoon. From the sounds of it, this husband was quite naïve when he exchanged vows. It sounds like his wife has a stellar sense of humor, though.
After an awkward encounter and a good laugh, this couple spent their honeymoon with the groom’s parents… where he nursed the chickenpox and she sunbathed by the pool. 14 years later and they’re happier than ever!
While most wrong paths lead to murder, this one definitely did not. A couple was driving through the mountains when they realized that they had taken the path unknown. They ended up getting stuck in a muddy field with almost no gas. Since they couldn’t see petrol stations around, they turned off the engine and coasted downhill.
On the bright side, the scenery was breathtaking — and although the OP claims that she would never do it again, she also says that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Tour de Europe
A woman shares the events of her own honeymoon in 2001 through Belgium, Italy, and France. They began in Belgium visiting the North Sea where they were attacked by sand fleas. We don’t mean a few bites but, in reality, itchy bumps that covered the OP and her husband from head-to-toe.
They then rode the hottest train on Earth that also happens to be windowless — which wouldn’t necessarily be a problem if the train wasn’t filled with smokers. At least Italy would be better… or so they thought. It turns out that Genoa was on lockdown due to the G8 summit. Yikes!
Talk about awkward! We bet that, when this couple was headed for their honeymoon, they weren’t expecting to get stopped by security for a suspicious object.
What could it have been? A sharp object? A liquid product? Perhaps a lighter? Kids, check your luggage before you reach the airport. You don’t want your “intimates” getting confiscated in front of the rest of the passengers and crew.
Throw Caution to the Wind
Is your marriage hurricane-proof? This couple’s relationship certainly is! If you’re not from a region that experiences hurricanes, these kinds of storms can definitely be a little frightening.
And while this may not have been the most ideal of honeymoons, we’re just happy that this OP and her husband stayed safe!
Listen to Your Wife
When is the best time to say, “I told you so”? Before or after your husband goes into surgery? This story only further proves that all men should listen to their wives!
Despite the bride telling him not to go on a risky bike ride, the husband went anyway. And what happened? He fell and broke his collarbone. Although there was a surgeon in Spain who agreed to operate on the OP’s husband, he was too afraid — and thus, they flew back home on the third day of their honeymoon to have the surgery.
California, Here We Come
How expensive can one mistake turn out to be? This couple found out the hard way. They were thrilled to be leaving for their once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon to Costa Rica. Everything from hotels to transportation was planned beforehand.
All flights were paid for, and the couple’s only job was to simply relax. The only problem is that the two realized on the plane that their flight was taking them to San Jose, California rather than San Jose, Costa Rica. California’s not so bad, though.
Do women ever plan their wedding around their period? This OP didn’t and what a mistake that turned out to be.
Not only did she have to deal with all the period symptoms throughout her wedding and honeymoon, but she also ended up with a UTI by the end of the trip. Poor thing!
What happens if the airline loses your bag and you end up grabbing the wrong one? You hope that someone else doesn’t somehow find your luggage!
This couple lost their luggage, and although it ended up in the supervisor’s office, they were missing everything — from their toiletries to their shoes and even their adult toys! We’re just happy no one else ended up with their suitcase!
Where would you go for a honeymoon if you only had $1,000? These lovebirds decided to go on a cruise, though they wouldn’t necessarily call themselves ‘cruise people.’ Still, they were excited about the nature park excursion.
The night before the excursion, however, the wife wakes up with a high fever and horrible cough. So, they ended up spending the rest of their trip in the infirmary. Let’s just hope their five-year anniversary makes up for this honeymoon disaster!
Release & Return
Would you take your pets with you on your honeymoon? This couple didn’t and it turned out to be the worst mistake they had ever made. The duo left their two dogs with the wife’s parents with numerous instructions. Five days into their honeymoon, they received a call that the dogs left the night before and never came back.
Apparently, the OP’s mother had tried this ‘release and return’ method before — despite her daughter’s specific instructions to always keep an eye on them.
Falling in Love Abroad
Nowadays, with how easy it is to travel around the world, it’s fairly common to fall in love with someone abroad. Still, just because the heart wants what it wants doesn’t mean that reality will coincide. Take this exotic couple, for instance.
Because the OP is from the states and her husband is from India, they have to deal with certain challenges in terms of residency and visas — so much so, in fact, that the wife spent their honeymoon alone while her husband was left to deal with paperwork and documentation.
This next honeymoon horror story is written in present time as the OP’s brother just got married. He’s currently honeymooning with his now-wife. He’s having a wonderful time vacationing abroad.
Little does he know that he’s coming home to some horrible news. We’re sure that this OP feels horrible as it is so let’s just hope that this doesn’t cause any rifts in this sibling relationship!
Enduring the Storm
Ever witnessed a natural disaster on your honeymoon? A couple from Stockholm and their baby set out for a four-month-long honeymoon vacation. Let’s just say that they didn’t expect to be hit with six natural disasters.
It all began with severe snowstorms in Germany followed by a cyclone in Australia — not to mention the 6.3-magnitude earthquake in New Zealand and a dangerous tsunami in Asia. This honeymoon was so intense that the couple’s story was featured in their hometown’s newspaper!
This honeymoon story is just tragic. A British couple went on a tropical beach honeymoon to Seychelles 10 days after tying the knot. While the wife sunbathed on the beach, the husband decided to go snorkeling.
Unfortunately, the 30-year-old man got attacked by a shark. While most people say he died instantly, rescuers still pulled him out and tried to save him.
This is one fast and furious honeymoon. A couple was arrested at Birmingham Airport while they were on the way to their honeymoon flight. The 24-year-old husband was arrested for stealing from his former workplace.
It looks like the flight isn’t the only thing they are going to miss. Let’s just hope that this guy has cleaned up his act since getting arrested!
No Sign of Existence
What’s worse than a scam hotel? A hotel that denies your existence. This is the story of a newlywed CNN reporter and his bride. The hotel they booked had no record of their reservation, so they were forced to sleep in the lobby.
Their private beach didn’t feel so private as there were dealers constantly harassing them. That wasn’t all. The husband actually found a bone that the police couldn’t verify. Then, they had to take shelter from a storm for three hours. Doesn’t sound like a great honeymoon.
We’ve all been victims of online scams. These lovebirds were in for a $2,000 sham. The two spent lavishly on a honeymoon package in Gambia — which included flights, vaccinations, and much more. After they stepped into the hotel, they found a dirty room, a faulty AC unit, and an unhygienic bathroom.
When they left the room, they were hassled by the staff for money. When they realized just changing the hotel wouldn’t be enough, they booked two $600 tickets home the next day and left.
Welcome to Your Future
Where do you draw the line when it comes to mothers-in-law? Let’s hear the story of this newlywed couple. The bride is touching up in the bathroom when she hears the hotel room door open. Unfortunately, it’s not her new husband that’s returned but her mother-in-law.
Apparently, the MIL had a fight with her husband and decides to bunk up with the newly married couple. So, she spends the night on the couch two meters away from their bed. And this was after a heated argument over not letting the MIL sleep in the same bed as her son on the night of his wedding.