Pasta doesn’t make you gain weight


Pasta is the basis of the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid along with various other starchy foods such as bread and rice, which means that it should be consumed frequently every week.

It is worth mentioning that, in contrast to the belief that pasta makes you gain weight, a regular portion of spaghetti (100g) contains less than 2 grams of fat and only 342 calories, or about 14% of our daily calorie needs, and gives us 75 grams of carbohydrates and 13 grams of proteins. Also, pasta has very low cholesterol and sodium content.

In addition, pasta is rich in complex carbohydrates, which are absorbed by our body at a steady and gradual rate, making us feel full longer.

Whole wheat pasta in particular helps even more to control body weight, since it contains almost twice as much fiber as regular pasta. This means that it is digested more slowly and gradually, creating a feeling of satiety with smaller portions.

Pasta is considered “fattening” because it is often cooked with fatty sauces, soured cream and butter. However, a simple pasta with tomato sauce, onion, green pepper, mushrooms, basil and some olive oil is an ideal dish with few calories and rich in nutrients (potassium, vitamin E, lycopene, beta-carotene).

Therefore, pasta is a healthy dietary option, suitable for any diet.