Monday, July 4, 2016

Eating pasta ‘can help you lose weight’ – study. More of what they told you that isn't so!

Carb-conscious dieters will often shun pasta in an effort to lose weight.
Recent studies have confirmed that low-carb diets are more effectivethan low-fat diets when it comes to shifting the pounds. Pasta and other carbohydrate-heavy foods have thus increasingly become regarded as no-go items for anyone wanting to get trim.
However, a new study by researchers at the Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Health Care at Neuromed in Pozzilli is challenging perceptions around pasta consumption and weight.
“Consumption of pasta, contrary to what many think, is not associated with an increase in body weight, rather the opposite,” said lead researcher George Pounis.
“Our data show that enjoying pasta according to individuals' needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio.”
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The research, published in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes, examined over 23,000 people recruited in two large epidemiological studies: the Moli-sani study, involving 25,000 citizens living in the Molise region, and the Italian Nutrition & Health Survey, collating nutritional data collected from 9,319 citizens across Italy through telephone interviews
“Pasta is often considered not adequate when you want to lose weight,” said Licia Iacoviello, Head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology at Neuromed Institute. “And some people completely ban it from their meals.
“In light of this research, we can say that this is not a correct attitude. We're talking about a fundamental component of Italian Mediterranean tradition, and there is no reason to do without it.
“The message emerging from this study, as from other scientific analyses conducted in the context of the Moli-sani Project and INHES, is that Mediterranean diet, consumed in moderation and respecting the variety of all its elements (pasta in the first place), is good to your health".

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