Science says eating pasta might actually help you lose weight

Science says eating pasta might actually help you lose weight

Ronald Pratt
April 6, 2018

Unlike other refined carbohydrates such as white bread and potatoes, pasta typically has a low-GI, meaning it raises your blood sugar at a slower pace. In fact, you may even be able to lose weight.

Anyone who has battled weight problems for any length of time knows that high-carbohydrate foods are often implicated in them.

The consumption of carbohydrates has been linked to the growing obesity crisis, but researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto believe that pasta specifically doesn't deserve this negative reputation.

The study says that pasta isn't the food making your body fat increase, and when regulated with a healthy varied diet, it isn't actually that bad.

Those taking part in the study ate an average of 3.3 serving of pasts per week in conjunction with a low-GI (low-glycaemic) diet.

Staff at the hospital studied nearly 2,500 individuals who ate pasta rather than other carb-heavy foods as part of a healthy low-glycemic index diet. Study co-author, John Sievenpiper, M.D., Ph.D. said: "We didn't see evidence of harm or weight gain, but it's interesting that we did see some weight loss".

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Pasta would, therefore, be a slimming aid, provided of course that you do not abuse too much of fatty sauces and cheese to garnish your pasta and you only consume pasta preparations as part of a healthy and balanced diet. "In fact analysis actually showed a small weight loss".

Since pasta is considered to be one of the most carb-heavy foods, its main ingredient mostly being wheat, researched looked at whether eating it would cause weight gain in the context of a low-GI diet. Over 12 weeks, they lost half a kilo on average.

They didn't find any trials focusing on pasta alone, and they suggest that future trials should be done to examine the impact of eating pasta as part of other types of healthy diets.

The study's findings were contrary to the idea, so far generally accepted, that eating spaghetti, farfalle or tagliatelle would make you fat.

"If you want to lose weight, look at portion control, a diet that is tailored to your needs, and up your exercise so that you're burning off more calories than you eat".