Pasta has always been regarded as bad for you if you eat too much of it but a new Italian study says it may actually help you lose weight.
After analyzing data on thousands of Italians, eating pasta moderately looks to lower the risks of general and abdominal obesity. I love pasta but I try to eat it in moderation and make my meals as healthy as possible. For instance, I use whole grain noodles instead of regular noodles that have no nutritional value.
“Our data show that enjoying pasta according to individuals’ needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio,” said George Pounis, first author of the study. Past studies would say that pasta is fattening and should be avoided if you are trying to lose weight so this finding is completely opposite.
“We have seen that consumption of pasta, contrary to what many think, is not associated with an increase in body weight, rather the opposite,” Pounis added in a journal news release.
Pasta is a part of the Mediterranean Diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, olive oil, grains, fish and poultry. This is my type of diet and it is one that I can stick to so it has been working well for me lately.
Pounis and his colleagues at IRCCS Neuromed in Pozzilli, Italy, reviewed results of two large studies including more than 23,000 Italians. One was the Moli-sani Project, which involved citizens living in the Molise region — a little more than halfway down the boot. The other was the Italian Nutrition and Health Survey, which focuses on eating habits in all Italian regions.
The study did not mention how much pasta you can consume without getting fat. However, it did say that over eating pasta will make you fat.
“The obese population was older and at lower socioeconomic status, had higher waist and hip circumferences and waist-to-hip ratio, and consumed more pasta [grams per day] than normal or overweight participants,” wrote lead author Licia Iacoviello and colleagues, according to CNN.
After learning that eating pasta in moderation may actually help you lose weight, I believe that the Mediterranean diet is a good health choice for your diet.
Source: Pounis, G. “Association of pasta consumption with body mass index and waist-to-hip ratio: results from Moli-sani and INHES studies” Nutrition & Diabetes 4 July 2016
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