Eating Pasta Can Help You Lose Weight, New Study Reports

Spaghetti is not the enemy.


Korin Miller |

Suggest a pasta dinner to a person on a diet and you’ll probably get some serious side-eye. (Thanks, keto diet, for villainising the most delish food ever.)

But now, a new study published in the journal BMJ Open might change all that: Researchers found that people actually lost weight while eating it.

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The whole point of the study was actually to determine whether or not pasta made people gain weight. So researchers analysed 32 randomised control trials of about 2 500 people who ate a low glycaemic index (GI) diet, consuming pasta instead of other forms of carbohydrates.

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In case you’re not familiar with it, the glycaemic index is used to rate how quickly foods impact your blood sugar levels. High GI foods generally include things processed or simple carbs like white rice, white bread and potatoes; healthier foods like milk, fruit, lentils (and yes: pasta) are considered low GI. Low GI foods keep you fuller longer, while high GI foods will leave you craving a snack way faster.

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The participants ate about 3.3 servings of about a half cup of pasta on average each week. Over 12 weeks, they lost a little more than half a kilo on average. Not a ton — but hey, a kilo is a kilo.

There’s a catch, though. The researchers point out in their conclusion that eating pasta as part of a low GI diet is likely what helped these people lose weight — not the pasta alone.

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