While it has long been thought that carbs like pasta could cause weight gain to occur a new study has shown the opposite to be true.
According to the research undertaken at the Department of Epidemiology of the Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico (IRCCS) in Italy, if pasta has been prepared as part of the Mediterranean diet is not only non-fattening but could also reduce the risk of obesity too.
What research was undertaken?
This study that was published in the Journal of Nutrition and Diabetes started in 2005 and was initially carried out to determine the genetic elements of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other conditions.
At the start more than 23,000 volunteers signed up for the study.
Over the years the researchers analysed the anthropometric data of the participants as well as their eating habits.
During the study the volunteers ate their meals according to the rules set out within the Mediterranean diet. This meant that their diet included foods such as:
- Olive oil
- Seasoned cheese
What were the results of the study?
At the conclusion of the study it was found that:
“Consumption of pasta is not associated with an increase in body weight, rather the opposite.”
George Pounis, lead researcher of the study, also stated that adding pasta to a persons diet helped healthy body mass index, smaller waist circumference and improved proportion of the hips and waist.
While these results are impressive and certainly not what you may have expected the researchers did emphasise the importance of both a balanced diet and self control if you want to see the best results.
Other research has also shown that slightly undercooked pasta could have an affirmative effect on blood sugar levels too, which could affect your hunger levels.