Have you ever been pasta-shamed? In other words, has anybody ever made you wonder if your generous intake of pasta was really worth it? Well, weep no more fellow pasta lovers! We have some great news for you.
We’ve often pointed the finger at carbohydrates such as pasta for causing weight gain and eventually leading to obesity for some. But contrary to popular beliefs, it doesn’t work that way. A Canadian study carried at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto rounded up about 2500 participants who were put on a diet consisting of eating 3.3 servings of pasta a week for a period of 12 weeks. The results showed that the participants actually lost weight – 1.1 pounds on average! On that account, scientists confirmed that pasta could be included as part of a healthy diet and they plan on investigate further to find out if it could be added to other healthy diets.
So how did it really happen?
Pasta has a low glycemic index, which means that it causes a small and gradual increase in blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling full for longer. Other types of such foods are wholegrain bread, oats, apples, apricots, oranges, yoghurt, milk, dried beans, chick peas, sweet potatoes or lentils. Therefore, by eating these low GI foods, you’re guaranteed to eat less in between meals.
You can now eat pasta guilt-free, isn’t that great? BUT (there’s always a but!), you may need to watch the way you consume pasta to avoid weight gain. We generally pair up a serving of pasta with a load of cheese on top of it, or a spoon full of sauce and meatballs which is why it’s assumed to lead to weight gain. Rather than doing that, consider piling your plate of pasta with the same amount of veggies or some grilled chicken. Also, don’t overcook your pasta as it increases the glycemic index, meaning all the benefits of its nutrients go down the drain. With that being said, eat healthy but don’t neglect your pasta anymore!
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