Americans have a love-hate relationship with carbs and completely ignore the fact that europeans with their staple foods of bread (every time I consider low carb I change my mind in a german bakery!) and pastas and potatoes, have less problems with obesity than americans.
I adore italian food. The vegetables are devine, olive oil, antipastas: just gorgeous.
I bet that the italian chef has recipes galore that not only fill you up nicely, but also have a plethora of fantastic veggies and tastes..
Disclaimer: this is in no way meant as a diss against fellow americans, just as an observation...
I have to eat GF, but I definitely love carbs. I also work my ass off on the elliptical. Sadly not many of my fellow countrymen do.
I laugh when people tell me about fat Italians. My Italian relatives are mostly normal weight, and eat lots of fruit and vegetables along with reasonably sized portions of pasta. They also have salad last, and seldom eat a heavy dessert. Last time I was in Italy, I marveled at the older women in heels with normal sized ankles. This might seem like a strange observation, but when you look at many older Americans, ankles and calves are swollen and mobility is compromised. I have to think it’s lack of activity and the ensuing diseases that makes them this way. It’s very sad and pretty much of an epidemic here.
Anyway, I hope the Cambridges enjoy lots of good Italian meals and the occasional fried chicken treat.