Researchers have revealed that not only does pasta not deserve its reputation as a diet-sabotaging comfort food, but it could even help people lose weight.
This is the best news we’ve heard since chocolate and wine banished wrinkles forever! (Yes, we know it is a little more complicated than that).
Pasta has been slammed for several years now as the carb-heavy culprit foiling our weight and fitness goals. But now, a study from St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto says the data doesn’t bear that out.
“Contrary to these concerns, the available evidence shows that when pasta is consumed in the context of low-GI dietary patterns, there is no weight gain but rather marginally clinically significant weight loss,’ reads the study.
The researchers say that the difference is all down to pasta’s low glycaemic index (GI). This enables the energy from pasta to be slowly metabolised, which in turn keeps blood sugar levels steady, insulin levels low, and helping prevent insulin-resistance in those at risk of Type 2 diabetes.
However, the study did not address the GI of different pasta toppings – and the benefits of low-GI pasta can be quickly negated by particularly fatty or sugar-laden sauce.
Over here at Foodiful HQ, we’re just stoked that finally there is #justiceforpasta.
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Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza