A recent study has probably just debunked the myth that pasta makes you fat. Researchers at the Neuromed Institute in Pozzilli, Italy found that pasta could actually help you in your weight loss efforts.
For years, nutritionists have advised their patients to ditch sugar, bread and pasta from their diets if they cared to lose weight. However, a new study published in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes, found that maybe pasta has been unjustly vilified.
The study involved 23,000 participants who had taken part in two other major studies a couple of years ago. Italian epidemiologists at the Neuromed Institute examined participants’ diets and body mass index (BMI).
Researchers failed to find any link between pasta consumption and weight gain on the long run. And we all know how pasta aficionados Italians can be.
In fact, the study revealed that people who enjoyed pasta the most also had the highest chances of losing some pounds in the process. Scientists wrote in their paper that pasta consumption based on people’s needs leads to a healthy body weight, improved waist-hip ratio and lower waist circumference.
So how is this possible? Well, you should take into account the fact that Italians don’t indulge in 640 calories per serving worth of commercial pasta. They eat pasta in moderation and in combination with other healthy foods such as olive oil, vegetables, fish, fruits, and nuts as part of their Mediterranean diet.
Licia Iacoviello, a nutritionist at the Neurmed Institute’s Laboratory of Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology, explained that the optimum serving of pasta for an individual who consumes 2,000 calories per day is a single cup.
Additionally, Italians don’t usually eat white pasta. They consume a healthier type of pasta made from whole wheat which is healthier and known to stave off diabetes and prevent obesity.
Additionally, whole-wheat pasta also makes you feel full for longer and gives you enough energy to carry out your daily tasks. Furthermore, a cup of this type of pasta covers about a fourth of you daily fiber needs and 16 percent of your protein. By contrast, other pasta can roughly cover 10 percent of your fiber needs.
Over the last decade, fewer and fewer people consume pasta in both the U.S. and Italy. It may be because people think that the pasta make them fat.
So, when you buy your pasta make sure that the product is 100 percent whole wheat/grains.
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