A bowl of pasta is served to you (and it obviously looks quite tempting!) but you won’t eat it simply because you’ve heard it’s unhealthy. But how about we contest this notion and tell you that your favourite food may not necessarily make you gain extra kilos; in fact, it might just do the opposite? Yes, you read that right, there is a study that has a surprising revelation for all pasta lovers; it says that eating pasta might help you lose weight!
According to a research done at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, carbohydrates present in pasta have a low glycemic index, which means that they cause a steady and controlled increase in your blood sugar levels.
What The Results Revealed
The study researchers evaluated 30 randomized control trails, studying nearly 2500 participants who switched to pasta for a healthy low GI diet instead of other forms of carbohydrates. The conclusion drawn from the study was published in the BMJ Open Journal and revealed that eating three servings of pasta on an average each week did not contribute to weight gain or increased fat levels; instead, the participants lost half a kilo on an average!
“Pasta can be included in healthy diets such as a low GI diet,” says the lead study author, Dr John Sievenpiper, a clinician scientist with the hospital's Clinical Nutrition and Risk Modification Centre.
According to the authors, lower GI foods sate hunger better, and this is what prevented the participants from consuming greater amounts of food. The researchers also noted that nearly all types of pasta have a lower GI index and the addition of whole grains does not affect this index.
Here’s the last word -pasta may contribute to weight-loss but more research is needed to strongly validate the claim. But till then, just relax and enjoy this mouth-watering dish without too much worry!
Note: The Glycemic Index, also known as the GI index refers to a comparative ranking of different types of carbohydrate foods, while noting their effect on your blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates that have GI value as 55 or less, are known to get digested and metabolised at a slower pace, thus causing a steady rise in your body’s insulin levels.