Can Eating Pasta Help You Lose Weight? Scientists Say YES!

June 19, 2017

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Did you know that Sophia Loren, one of the most beautiful women to ever walk this Earth, actually said that eating pasta helped her trim her famously lean figure?

Well, there is a recent Italian study that backs up these claims, citing pasta intake as one of the ways to maintain a slim waistline – especially in women.

The research published in Nature’s Nutrition and Diabetes Journal involved scientists from the IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Mediterraneo Neuromed in Pozzilli, Italy, examining pasta’s effects on health when consumed as part of the typical Mediterranean diet.

Typical Mediterranean diet includes:

  • olive oil
  • nuts
  • fruits and vegetables
  • moderate amounts of fish and poultry
  • small amounts of dairy
  • red and processed meats
  • sugary sweets.

See also: Doctors Say Mediterranean Diet Best for Obesity

According to the study, this diet has shown “many health benefits, including primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases since the mid [19]50s.”

But How Was The Study Conducted Exactly?

The scientists selected 14,402 participants from the Molise region of Italy, their age ranging from 35 to 79, while they also chose 9,319 participants to be in the control group. These control group participants were from the nation-wide Italian Nutrition & Health Survey (INHES), largely between the ages of 35-79.

Nobody was on any special diet for their health, while all pasta portions were clearly defined as 60 grams or 1 cup per cooked serving.

Researchers surveyed eating habits of both participant groups for 3 years, usually during randomly selected weekdays and weekends, while they also tracked their:

  • Weight
  • Height
  • Waist and hip circumferences.

So What Were The Results?

The data has shown that: “As a traditional component of MeD [the typical Mediterranean diet], pasta consumption was negatively associated with BMI [Body Mass Index], waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio and with a lower prevalence of overweight and obesity.”

Of course, this “negative association” means that as people ate more pasta, their BMI decreased, which translates into slimmer waist and leaner figure in general.

The researchers explained it this way:

“The association of pasta intake as grams per day with BMI from positive became negative after stratification for the body weight of the subjects. Standardized residuals were predicted in both datasets, using linear regression analysis with main outcome pasta intake (grams per day) and independent variable body weight (kg).”

Before you go, check out why Mediterranean Diet Is Great For Slower Aging

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