Pasta is so much more than a noodle. It's been vilified as a dangerous carb and a cause of weight gain, praised for diversity and its origins have been argued over time and time again. It is a favorite of kids, comfort food to all and found everywhere from gourmet restaurants to food trucks. The methods of preparation are endless for the versatile noodle. From pad thai to chicken noodle soup to lo mein to ravioli, is there any way or any place, for that matter, where pasta cannot be enjoyed?

The identity of pasta is certainly as complex as a carbohydrate.

Check out the slideshow above to discover if pasta is healthier than white bread and how old the noodle actually is.

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