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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Pasta can help us lose weight

Por Rory

Many weight-loss diets limit the consumption of pasta, but a new study conducted by Canadian researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto have concluded that pasta consumption does not contribute to obesity compared to other more 'refined' carbohydrates. According to research eating this food three times a week not only does not make you gain weight, but it can help to lower it.

This is because pasta does not generate large increases in blood sugar levels, due to its low glycemic index, reports the scientific portal Eurekalert. In this sense, experts explain that pasta not only does not influence weight gain, but contributes to losing it on the condition that we have a healthy diet.

The researchers found 32 randomized trials that analyzed the consumption of pasta as part of a healthy diet, where people ate an average of three servings a week instead of other carbohydrates. Unlike other refined carbohydrates, pasta has a low "glycemic index," which means it does not cause an increase in blood sugar and all the tests analyzed people trying to avoid foods with "high GI."

For four months, people who ate pasta in this way lost 0.63 kg, while they did not see an increase in body fat, the combined results show. "The study found that pasta did not contribute to weight gain or increased body fat," said John Sievenpiper, lead author of the study. "In fact, the analysis actually showed a small weight loss, so, contrary to concerns, maybe pasta can be part of a healthy diet, like a low GI diet."

He added: "Now we can say with some confidence that pasta does not have an adverse effect on the results of body weight when consumed as part of a healthy dietary pattern." His team says that their results are important "given the negative messages with which the public has been flooded with respect to carbohydrates." It is believed that low GI foods are more satisfying, which means that people find it easier to eat less. A Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, nuts and olive oil has repeatedly shown to benefit the heart and Dr. Sievenpiper said it made sense that pasta-based foods were part of this diet. Professor Naveed Sattar of the University of Glasgow agreed: "In the end, weight gain occurs with excessive caloric intake and, therefore, the size of the portions is important." Regular portions of healthy pasta can be part of a healthy and balanced diet. "