Pasta is no longer off the menu, after a new review of studies suggested that the carbohydrate can form part of a healthy diet, and even help people lose weight. For years, nutritionists have recommended that pasta be kept to a__ 26__, to cut calories, prevent fat build-up and stop blood sugar__ 27__ up.
The low-carbohydrate food movement gave birth to such diets as the Atkins, Paleo and Keto, which advised swapping foods like bread, pasta and potatoes for vegetable, fish and meat. More recently the trend of swapping spaghetti for vegetables has been__ 28__ by clean-eating experts.
But now a__ 29__ review and analysis of 30 studies by Canadian researchers found that not only does pasta not cause weight gain, but three meals a week can help people drop more than half a kilogram over four months. The reviewers found that pasta had been unfairly demonized (妖魔化) because it had been__ 30__ in with other, more fat-promoting carbohydrates.
"The study found that pasta didn't__ 31__ to weight gain or increase in body fat," said lead author Dr John Sievenpiper. "In__ 32__ the evidence, we can now say with some confidence that pasta does not have an__ 33__ effect on body weight outcomes when it is consumed as part of a healthy dietary pattern." In fact, analysis actually showed a small weight loss. So__ 34__ to concerns, perhaps pasta can be part of a healthy diet.
Those involved in the__ 35__ trials on average ate 3.3 servings of pasta a week instead of other carbohydrates, one serving equaling around half a cup. They lost around half a kilogram over an average follow-up of 12 weeks.
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