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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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  • Great to hear! We love our pasta!!

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  • Good we love eating pasta,it is one of our favourite meals!

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  • That’s good news because I love it and didn’t have any plans to give it up soon.

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  • hurray! A balanced varied diet is the key and everything in moderation!

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  • I am sure the quality of pasta has improved considerably. It used to be very starchy, the water go white and the pasta stick together. I don’t have that issue with it now.

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  • we love our spaghetti tuesdays, I don’t care what they say I will eat what I like I just adjust the portion size!

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  • Great to her! We love pasta – so quick ad easy to cook and keeps in the freezer for meals in the week!

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  • Interesting. I’m not such great fan of pasta myself, but my kids love it !

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  • This is great news as we love our pasta in our family! I pack it full of veggies too!
    Moderation is key though.

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  • Excellent. I love pasta and its so easy to make batches for the freezer to keep on hand!


    • Identical and clever thinking! I do the same thing – big batches for the freezer – so handy.

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  • Great news. More pasta please!

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  • I think it also depends on the quantity of pasta you eat. And wholemeal pasta has surely a lower GL index than white one.

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  • Lead me to the pasta! Love pasta and eat bowls of delicious pasta!

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  • That’s great news! Pasta is one of my favorites! But like anything- moderation is the key!

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