Canadian researchers have made a ground-breaking food discovery revealing that pasta does not make you put on weight.
The study from St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, released in the BMJ Open journal overnight, found that pasta can help you lose weight when consumed as part of a healthy, low Glycemic Index (GI) diet.
“The study found that that pasta didn’t contribute to weight gain or increase in body fat,” said Dr John Sievenpiper, consultant physician at St Michael’s Hospital and lead author of the study.
“These results are important given the negative messages with which the public has been inundated regarding carbohydrates, messages which appear to be influencing their food choices, as evidenced by recent reductions in carbohydrate intake, especially in pasta intake,” the study by Laura Chiavaroli, reads.
“Contrary to these concerns, the available evidence shows that when pasta is consumed in the context of low-GI dietary patterns, there is no weight gain but rather marginally clinically significant weight loss.”
The study suggests that pasta has a lower GI compared with other fibre-rich foods including whole-wheat bread, breakfast cereals like bran flakes and potatoes with skin, shares SBS news.
“The present evidence means that pasta may be highlighted as an important example of a low-GI food that can contribute to a low-GI dietary pattern, a pattern which in turn may potentially improve cardiometabolic risk without an adverse effect on weight control.”
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