The first advice that anyone receives when they want to lose some weight is to cut down the amount of carbohydrates in their diet. However, according to a new study which the journal BMJ Open recently published, that might not be really necessary after all. It seems that pasta doesn’t contribute to weight gain or extra body fat. In order to reach this unexpected conclusion, the researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto analyzed previous evidence from past controlled trials. According to them, most people focus on sugars when they try to get rid of some extra weight.
However, carbs like pasta, rice or breads have also played main roles in the discussion regarding obesity and being overweight. There have been meta-analyses and reviews of controlled trials in the past, but they mostly focused on diets low in glycemic index and high in whole grains. However, not many such trials have focused on the importance of the quality of carbohydrates. In order to reach these results, the team analyzed 32 such trails that involved 2,448 volunteers. They all ate pasta instead of other carbs during a diet that was low on glycemic index.
Pasta doesn’t actually make you fat
Over the course of the 12 weeks, the participants ate 3.3 servings of cooked pasta per week, losing one pound. According to Dr. John Sievenpiper, the lead author of the study, pasta doesn’t actually contribute to weight gain, contrary to the common belief. Moreover, analysis of their diet proved that it contributed to a small weight loss.
It’s interesting because it seems that pasta can be part of a healthy diet that is low on sugars and won’t make you gain extra pounds. The next step for the team is to see whether or not pasta has the same effect when eaten in other types of diets.
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