Carbs are good for you, and vital for energy. Pasta has been proven to be great, as long as it is eaten in moderation.
In 2018, researchers from St.Micheals Hospital in Toronto, Canada, reviewed existing data from 30 previous studies involving almost 2,500 people. In the studies, people opted for pasta over 12 weeks instead of other options. On average, participants ate 3.3 servings of pasta (1 serving equaled half a cup) every week.
The results showed not only did the participates not gain any weight over the 12 weeks, but on average actually lost 0.5 kilograms each!
Pasta, unlike most 'refined' carbs, has a low glycemic index (low GI), meaning it increases blood sugar levels in smaller amounts than those of a higher GI.
“The study found that pasta didn’t contribute to weight gain or increase in body fat,” said lead author Dr John Sievenpiper, a scientist working in the hospital’s clinical nutrition and risk modification centre. “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.”
“In weighing the evidence, we can now say with some confidence that pasta does not have an adverse effect on body weight outcomes when it is consumed as part of a healthy dietary pattern,” said Dr Sievenpiper.
As with most things, as long as it's incorporated in a healthy, balanced diet, you can enjoy it!
What are your favourite pasta dishes?