Good news for all Pasta Lovers! Recent researchers have proven, that your favourite Italian treat could be part of your healthy diet, and may not even induce weight gain. Yes, you heard us, for the longest time pasta has gained a bad rep due to the presence of refined carbohydrates which are a strict no-no for weight loss. Nutritionists across the world, have been quite wary of including pasta as part of their client’s diet charts, but the latest study may convince them to rethink.
A journal published in the BMJ a systematic review of all of the available evidence from randomised controlled trials. The research, published Monday in Nutrition and Diabetes, indicates that pasta consumption doesn’t contribute to obesity, and was actually linked to a lower body mass index. BMI is used to determine how much fat a person has based on his or her age, sex, height and weight.
In the 30 randomised control trials involving almost 2,500 people, the scientists revealed, that people who ate pasta instead of other carbohydrates as part of a healthy low-glycemic index diet.
The researchers found that pasta didn’t contribute to weight gain or increase in body fat. In fact in some of the trials, it actually brought about a small weight loss. Therefore people may want to include pasta as part of their healthy, low GI diet.
People involved in the diet ate an average ate 3.3 servings of pasta a week instead of other carbohydrates. One serving measured to about one-half cup of cooked pasta. The researchers said that the participants lost one-half kilogram over a median follow-up of 12 weeks.
The research indicates that pasta consumption doesn’t contribute to obesity, and was actually linked to a lower body mass index. BMI is used to determine how much fat a person has based on his or her age, sex, height and weight.