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New Study - Pasta Can Be Healthy!


New Study - Pasta Can Be Healthy!

Poor pasta has got a bad rap in recent years, so spaghetti lovers will be celebrating with the news that pasta can be part of a healthy diet.
A new study by St Michael’s Hospital in Canada – published in BMJ Open –  found that people who ate pasta in moderation didn’t gain weight. In fact, some even dropped a few kilos.
So pop a pot on the stove, because tonight we’re eating Italian!

How is pasta healthy?

The research team reviewed 30 studies on around 2,500 people who ate 3.3 serves of pasta each week in place of their usual go-to carbs. One serve was around half a cup of cooked pasta.
Interestingly, not a single participant gained weight in 12 weeks. In fact, they lost an average of half a kilo each!
“The study found that pasta didn’t contribute to weight gain or increase in body fat,” said lead author Dr 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.”
Why? The researchers say it’s because pasta has a low glycemic index (low GI), keeping blood sugar levels steadier compared to other, high GI foods.

Should you eat more pasta?

Of course, this doesn’t mean we should all pile our plates with pasta every night of the week. The key phrase is “in moderation”, which means pasta can be incorporated into a balanced diet.
“In weighing the evidence, we can now say with some confidence that pasta does not have an adverse effect on body weight outcomes when it is consumed as part of a healthy dietary pattern,” Dr Sievenpiper said.
But what does a balanced diet look like for you? Consider chatting with a dietician or nutritionist for tailored dietary advice.

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