Last updated on May 11th, 2018 at 01:56 pm

Pasta may not be as unhealthy as we think. In fact, research has found it may be possible to eat pasta and still lose weight…

Carbohydrates get a lot of bad press, but a new study suggests that pasta may not deserve the negative attention.

Unlike most ‘refined’ carbohydrates, which are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, pasta has a low glycemic index.

This means it causes smaller increases in blood sugar levels than those caused by eating foods with a high glycemic index.

Over 2 000 people studied

Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital reviewed 30 trials involving almost 2 500 people who ate pasta instead of other carbohydrates as part of a healthy low-glycemic index diet.

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According to the lead author Dr John Sievenpiper, a clinician scientist with the hospital’s Clinical Nutrition and Risk Modification Centre, the study found that pasta didn’t contribute to weight gain or an increase in body fat.

“In fact analysis actually showed a small weight loss. So contrary to concerns, perhaps pasta can be part of a healthy diet such as a low GI diet,” says Dr Sievenpiper.

Related: 5 Reasons pasta CAN form part of your weight-loss diet

Pasta instead of other carbs

The people involved in the clinical trials ate 3,3 servings of pasta a week on average, instead of other carbohydrates.

One serving equals about one-half cup of cooked pasta. They lost about one-half kilogram over a median follow-up of 12 weeks.

“In weighing the evidence, we can now say with some confidence that pasta does not have an adverse effect on body weight outcomes when it is consumed as part of a healthy dietary pattern,” says Dr Sievenpiper.

Source: St. Michael’s Hospital via