More research needs to be conducted as to whether the effect would be seen when combined with a different type of diet, but for now, we'll enjoy our bolognese in peace.
In a new study from St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, they sought out to clear the name of everyone's favorite Italian classic. In fact, an experiment showed a small change in body weight. So contrary to concerns, perhaps pasta can be part of a healthy diet such as a low GI diet.
Staff at the hospital studied nearly 2,500 individuals who ate pasta rather than other carb-heavy foods as part of a healthy low-glycemic index diet.
Despite the study's findings and the many headlines proclaiming pasta to be the new miracle diet food, it's important to put the results into perspective.
But the researchers pointed 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.
The researchers stressed these results are "generalizable to pasta consumed along with other low-glycemic index foods as part of a low-glycemic index diet". Now, dieters also consume it in high amount through which they can reduce a small amount of their weight.
By analyzing participants' body weight, BMI, body fat, and waist measurements, the researchers behind the study published in the BMJ Open journal found that pasta did not contribute to weight gain or increased fat levels. The researchers learned that on average, eating pasta as part a low-glycemic index diet reduced weight by a little more than half a kilogram and body mass index by about one-quarter kg/m2 after 12 weeks.
Low GI foods keep you fuller for longer, while high GI foods will leave you craving a snack way faster. In total, the serving size was 3 servings of pasta per week per person. That means you shouldn't just go out and eat pasta most nights in a week and expect to lose weight.