Many people love it. Yet it is one of the most demonized foods in recent years. But whether your pasta of choice is spaghetti, linguini, shells, farfalle (bow tie) or other, there’s good news for you. A new study shows that not only does pasta not make you gain weight, it may actually help you lose.
Because of its heaviness in carbohydrates (aka carbs), pasta has been categorized among foods that are bad for your waistline. Yet eleven the notion that carbs make you fat is fundamentally flawed. It is one of the worst diet tips and advice you will hear even from some “experts”.
According to a new study, pasta may help you lose weight when eaten as part of a Mediterranean diet. Interestingly, the much touted Mediterranean diet is also relatively high in another demonized macronutrient; fat. And, contrary to conventional wisdom, fats can help you lose fat.
According to the study by, incidentally, Italian scientists, when eaten as part Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables and olive oil pasta may contribute to an improved body mass index (BMI). Previously, this diet has been linked to many health benefits including brain health. However, pasta of which it is a major component has been the missing link that may now be closed.
The researchers analyzed the results of two studies involving more than 23,000 individuals from two different parts of Italy. Participants were asked to record everything they ate in a diary and then interviewed by phone. Portions are taken into account. The amounts of pasta they ate were factored and compared to their BMI, waist and hip ratio.
It was found that not only is there no link between pasta consumption and weight gain. Nay, pasta was actually linked to being slimmer, improved BMI, as well as waist and hip ratio.
Pasta appears to be among the previously demonized foods now redeemed. Others include butter, chocolate, and dairy. However, in our view, stuffing on these may still not be recommended. And no, we do not subscribe to the “everything in moderation” line of thought but rather leave it to individual needs for optimal health.
The study is published in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes.