The National Pasta Association explains that pasta is a source of complex carbohydrates that determine the energy release to slow down, making the need of eating to drop for a period of time after ingestion. And this is not the strongest argument in the debate.
Most people who watch their weight avoid by all means eating pasta along with all kind of carbohydrates! There is good news for them, it seems that carbs are not so bad, meaning that if you choose the right type of carbohydrates it could even help to weight loss by producing satiety and preventing hunger!
The news is even better when it comes about pasta. At the end of a research on Mediterranean food that last for several years, a team of scientists based in Italy came with great results: pasta should not be banned from the diet of people who care about their weight! The study has been published in the “Nutrition and Diabetes Journal" and shows that pasta don’t cause weight gain and can even be helpful in weight loss diets.
This study involved a total of 23000 people, including 14402 people aged over 35 years from Molise region and 8962 people aged over 18 from around Italy and concluded that pasta, which is such iconic for Mediterranean diet, contribute in achieving a better BMI (body mass index) equally for women and men.
“We have seen that consumption of pasta, contrary to what many think, is not associated with an increase in body weight, rather the opposite. Our data shows that enjoying pasta according to individuals’ needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio” says the paper’s lead author.
Dr. Gunter Kuhne, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Health at the University of Reading, who validated the metrics used in this study, showed that its results are very clear and cannot be appealed. However, he explained that these results must be placed correctly in the context of Mediterranean food, as most of the people that participated in the study not only eat pasta regularly but also follow the Mediterranean diet, which is very popular throughout Italy. “What is interesting, however, is that these results clearly show that it is wrong to demonise carbohydrates as the data clearly show that consumption of a carbohydrate-rich food such as pasta does not have an adverse effect on body weight.”
The National Pasta Association also explains that pasta is a source of complex carbohydrates that determine the energy release to slow down, making the need of eating to drop for a period of time after ingestion. Moreover, the carbohydrates from pasta bring important quantities of glucose, which is essential for brain activity and muscular system. The National Pasta Association also explains that low nutrient diets ultimately lead to health problems such as sleeping difficulty, weight gain, fatigue and more. There are pasta types enhanced with vitamins and minerals meaning a rich in nutrients food, or pasta with iron and folic acid, meaning a food that is beneficial for brain health, correct oxygenation and fatigue elimination.
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