Weight loss: scrap the spaghetti or the spiralizer?

A recent study reported in the UK newspaper The Independent claimed that “Eating pasta may help with weight loss.” But now a ‘Behind the Headlines’ article on the NHS website urges caution in taking the claims too literally. The article points out that in reality, the study demonstrated no evidence that pasta alone had an effect on weight loss. However, participants who consume a high-GI diet were placed against those who consume a low one, and researchers reported that results showed that “when pasta is consumed in the context of low-GI dietary patterns, there is no weight gain but rather marginally clinically significant weight loss.”

Unfortunately, the NHS article suggests, this doesn’t mean we should be consuming mountains of cheese-covered spaghetti by the bowlful if we are hoping to lose weight. We must remember to maintain an overall balanced diet. However, what the study does do is begin to combat the negative associations the general public attaches to carbohydrates.

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