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Pasta Tied to Weight Loss

If you love pasta and also want to lose weight, there is good news for you. In a new study, eating pasta has been tied to weight loss.

Eating Pasta & Weight Loss

Eating pasta is linked to weight loss, study. Photo by Times of Malta

A study done at the University of Toronto looked at the results from 30 different studies of individuals who eat pasta as a part of a low glycemic diet. The pasta-eaters ate at least a half cup of noodles three times per week. They did not gain weight and lost about one pound after 12 weeks.

“The study found that pasta didn’t contribute to weight gain or increase in body fat,” lead author John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD, a clinician scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, said in a statement. “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.”

The trick is to pay attention to the low GI part. Foods that have a high glycemic index cause a rise in high blood pressure and have you feeling hungry afterwards. Low GI foods under 55 do the opposite and can help you lose weight. Sweet potatoes, beans and lentils are foods with low GI that you are probably already consuming.

Although this study sheds light on eating pasta, it does not mean you should stuff your plate with pasta on a regular basis. More trials are needed to examine the effect of pasta compared to other ‘healthy’ dietary patterns. Also, long-term research should be conducted on how people fare after a year or more on low glycemic diets that include pasta.

I do not believe that following a low GI diet is the secret to weight loss. Some of the most nutritious foods rank high on the glycemic index like watermelon and should not be avoided. The key is to eat smart by controlling your portion size and include whole grains to increase your chances of weight loss.

Source: Chiavaroli L, Kendall CWC, Braunstein CR, et al “Effect of pasta in the context of low-glycaemic index dietary patterns on body weight and markers of adiposity: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials in adults” BMJ Open 2018;8:e019438. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019438

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice