Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
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Pasta Linked To Healthy Dieting And Weight Loss, Study Says

Pasta Linked To Healthy Dieting And Weight Loss, Study Says

Pasta is different than most high-carb foods because it has a low glycemic index, which could be the reason it doesn't cause weight gain when eaten in limited amounts.

While the news will certainly be welcomed by pasta lovers, it's not an excuse to over-indulge in the delicious dish.

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

This is the result of a study conducted by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada, on more than 2,000 people and which has been published on April 4th in the British Medical Journal. The researchers looked the impact of pasta consumption on the body, and almost 2,500 participants take part in 30 randomized controlled trials.

Researchers found that some participant who ate pasta along with low-GI diet actually lose their weights.

The study, published in journal BMJ Open, involved several control trials with nearly 2,500 people who ate 3.3 servings of pasta a week instead of other forms of carbs.


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.

But, before you overindulge in pasta, it's worth noting that further research needs to be carried out to determine whether eating pasta can have the same effect when combined with other healthy diets.

Results showed that among the 32 trials of participants eating low-GI diet including pasta, not only did they avoid weight gain, but some of them even lost weight too (at an average of just two pounds though).

As part of their findings, the researchers also suggested a low GI diet (which includes pasta) to be a healthy one, and reiterated the importance of looking at facts, rather than following food fads. It saw one group consume 3.3 servings of pasta a week and another eat alternative forms of carbohydrates, like white rice, potatoes and white bread.

"I think people can lose weight on an "all foods fit" type of diet", says Natalie Rizzo, M.S., R.D., owner of Nutrition à la Natalie.

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