Spaghetti lovers, I have great news for you…
Contrary to popular belief, a recent study has found that eating pasta is actually linked to a lower risk of obesity.
Researchers found that pasta-eaters have smaller waist circumferences and waist-to-hip ratios—which significantly reduces the risk of chronic health conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
And in Dr. Marc Micozzi’s Integrative Protocol for Defeating Diabetes, he explains one of the reasons behind these groundbreaking results—and interestingly, the key is choosing when you eat pasta.
He believes that having a small portion of pasta before the main meal may help digestion by stimulating the metabolism to release insulin and other enzymes to prepare the body for the main meal.
“That insulin,” he explains, “helps the body metabolize the glucose from the main meal, and deliver it to the body’s cells, where it’s needed—and not to fat cells.”
Dr. Micozzi also points out that this effect is the opposite of the unhealthy “sugar rush” and insulin spike that occurs after eating refined carbs and sugar.
But choosing what you eat with your pasta is equally as important as the timing…
The researchers of this study also reported that pasta-eaters more often adhere to a healthy Mediterranean diet, which may be the reason they don’t gain weight. The Mediterranean diet consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and fish—which have been shown to aid in weight loss and promote overall health.
And the carbohydrates in pasta are blunted when pasta sauce includes fresh vegetables like zucchini, yellow squash, and bell peppers—as in pasta primavera.
The bottom line is this: Science now shows what Italians have known all along: You don’t have to hold the pasta. When it’s combined with tomato sauces, vegetables, herbs, and spices—a moderate portion of pasta can be a healthy addition to any meal.
Just remember you have to eat the right amount at the right time. So, two or three days a week, go ahead and enjoy a moderate portion of pasta—but only after the appetizer and before the main course.
This isn’t the only dietary surprise you’ll find in Dr. Micozzi’s Integrative Protocol for Defeating Diabetes, which he’s designed to help you easily prevent or manage the demands of metabolic control.
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“Pasta for Diabetics” Diabetes Self-Management, 11/20/17. (https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/pasta-to-eat-or-not-to-eat/)