Are you a big fan of pasta? Personal Trainer Emmet Rushe has some very good news for you.

Good news for pasta lovers, a new study in the BMJ has been looking at the effects of eating pasta on weight loss, BMI and waist circumference.

It was suggested that, along with other carbohydrates such as potatoes, rice and bread, that pasta was one of the reasons that people tend to gain weight and this was one of the causes for the rise in the obesity epidemic.

The researchers set out to test whether pasta contributes to weight gain, or like other low-glycaemic index (GI) foods, it contributes to weight loss instead.


2,488 participants were assessed in the study and there were 32 random control trials that were looked at.

For the study, the participants ate 3.3 servings of pasta per week and pasta was their only carb source. They were put on a low-GI diet for the duration of the trial.

The results of the study found;

“the available evidence from RCTs does not allow us to conclude that pasta consumed in the context of low-GI dietary patterns has an adverse effect on body weight and adiposity outcomes of importance in the prevention and management of overweight and obesity. On the contrary, pasta in the context of low-GI dietary patterns reduces body weight and BMI compared with higher-GI dietary patterns

What that means in plain English is, pasta didn’t lead to weight gain or a rise in bodyfat, it actually had the complete opposite effect.

Bodyweight, BMI and Bodyfat were all reduced, and they were confident that pasta in the context of a low-GI diet does not result in weight gain.

While the weight loss wasn’t huge, it does tend to dispel the myth that pasta is a cause for weight gain.

But, it also should be noted that the participants were only eating 3.3 servings per week and when it comes to pasta, we tend to overfill our plate with it.

As with all foods, the devil is in the dose, but if you enjoy eating pasta and you can limit your portion sizes, there is no reason to exclude it from your diet.


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