TL;DR – Carbs for life.
For a while now, people have believed that you should avoid eating pasta (or any other refined carbs actually) if you want to lose weight.
However, a new study recently published in the BMJ Open by Canadian researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital, observed the impact of eating pasta three times a week instead of other carbs, as part of a low-glycemic index diet. After examining evidence from 30 randomised controlled trials involving 2,488 participants, it was found that pasta didn’t contribute to weight gain and that the participants had actually lost a small amount of weight.
Before you happily load up on your lasagne and spaghetti carbonara though, this doesn’t mean that pasta is a healthy food.
The research basically means that pasta has a low glycemic index, which means it causes smaller increases in blood sugar levels than most other refined carbs, such as rice and white bread. While it didn’t specifically contribute to weight gain or increase in body fat, the scientists added that more research is necessary to identify whether or not the lack of weight gain would extend to pasta being a part of other healthy diets.