It was a trending topic on Facebook and Twitter last week that the consumption of pasta cannot lead to overweight. Some posts even stated that intake of pasta can reduce body weight. However, pasta is one of the common foods you can remove from your diet if you are overweight or if you want to reduce your carbohydrate intake.
A study conducted in Italy, the land of pasta, which was published in Nutrition and Diabetes Journal on Monday affirmed that pasta consumption does not contribute to increase in body weight. This publication has 23,000 followers. In a news release, the author of the publication, George Pounis, disclosed that pasta consumption does not contribute to obesity as believed. He added that intake of pasta ensures lower Body Mass Index (BMI), waist-hip ratio and waist circumference. However, the study maintained that only pasta consumption results in lower BMI and not pasta consumed with fatty sauce. Thus, the Mediterranean pasta recipe was suggested in the study.
The Mediterranean recipe involves the use of vegetables, fruits, olive oil, fish and even whole grains in preparation of pasta. Previously, pasta has been removed from some diets in the U.S; especially low carbohydrate and high protein diets as a result of its high calorie content. The I.R.C.C.S Istituto Neurologico Mediterraneo Neuromed study concluded that pasta is a major component of traditional Mediterranean diets that affects body mass index, waist to hip ratio and waist circumference positively. Also, its intake has a lower risk of overweight or obesity.
The Angry Shrimp Pasta is an ideal pasta recipe that will help you maintain your body weight. It is prepared with pasta, olive oil, shelled and de-veined shrimps, thinly sliced garlic, finely grated lemon zest, crushed red pepper, freshly ground black pepper and Kosher salt to taste. This dish can be garnished with chopped parsely.