New Study Refutes Claim that Eating Pasta Can Lead to Obesity and Overweight
Based on the new study performed by the nutrition experts of St Michael’s Hospital,showed findings indicating that those who consume pasta as part of low-carb regimen, tend to lose weight instead. The new study, refuted a claim made by researchers at Deakin University in Melbourne, AU, suggesting that increased intakes of pasta, being carbohydrate-rich foods, can lead to obesity and overweight.
The lead author of the hospital study, Dr. John Sievenpiper, remarked that
”Eating pasta does not necessarily contribute to increased body fat and subsequent weight gain” — “on the contrary, the results of our analysis indicated that eating pasta, if consumed under a low-Glycemic Index regimen, can even lead to a small weight loss.
Pasta as a Potential Driver of Weight Loss
Dr Sievenpiper further explained that pasta as a source of carbohydrate has a low-Glycemic Index (GI). This denotes that it tends to increase blood sugar levels at a slower pace when compared to other nutrition sources of refined carbohydrates like bread or rice.
The St. Michael Hospital’s study included observations of individuals who ate around 3.3 servings of pasta every week as regular alternative to carbo-rich foods. The participants were able to maintain a low GI, as well as showed small weight loss.
According to Rhiannon Lambert A top registered nutritionist of a leading private nutrition clinic in London, people have a misconception that they need to cut down on carbs-rich food when attempting to lose weight.
She argues that losing weight is as simple as sticking to a diet tailored to one’s needs. At the same time, they should increase exercise or physical activities that will burn off more calories in amounts that exceed calorie intakes.