Pasta and other foods rich in carbohydrates have long been removed from weight loss diets. According to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto, pasta could actually be a valid component of a dieting routine.
The study titled, “Effect of pasta in the context of low-glycaemic index dietary patterns on body weight and markers of adiposity: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials in adults,” is published in the prestigious British Medical Journal in their latest issue.
Glycemic index (GI) of food denotes a measure of how rapidly the food’s carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars within the body. Foods with a low GI are known to be beneficial for people trying to lose weight as well as those who are trying to keep their blood sugars in control. Foods rich in fibres such as whole grains are known to have low GI which make them better choices for people with diabetes compared to refined sugars and flours. The new study finds that pasta has a low GI which makes it a better food choice in weight watchers.
The team of researchers were trying to evaluate if pasta, like other foods rich in carbohydrates, could help lose weight and maintain it. They gathered information from 32 different trials including 2448 participants and found that in people who ate pasta as part of their low-carbohydrate diet, there was a significant (average of less than 2 pounds) weight loss and maintenance of the weight. Pasta in these participants was part of a low GI diet.
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