Thought that a hearty pasta dinner was a sure fire way to pack on the pounds? Think again! While carbs are generally given a pretty bad rap when it comes to weight gain, a new study has found that pasta is not only the exception to the rule but may even help you lose weight.
Researchers at St Michael's Hospital in Toronto conducted 30 randomized controlled trials involving close to 2,500 participants who ate pasta instead of other carbohydrates.
"The study found that pasta didn’t contribute to weight gain or increase in body fat,” said lead author and St Michael's nutrition scientist, John Sievenpiper. “In fact analysis actually showed a small weight loss. So contrary to concerns, perhaps pasta can be part of a healthy diet such as a low GI diet.”
Unlike most refined carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes and puffed cereals, pasta is low GI, the study - which was published in BMJ medical journal - found. Low GI foods will not only help you feel fuller longer but are more slowly digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, hence the boost for those attempting to diet or control their weight.
But before you go slurping up a big bowl of your favourite spaghetti dish, we should add this disclaimer: The study didn't take into consideration the sauces and cheeses often added into the dish, meaning we still need to check a low GI topping is topping that low GI pasta.
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