Why Pasta Beats Bread
Adding the staple to your diet won’t lead to weight gain.
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But because of the way it’s processed and dried, pasta (yes, even the white variety) takes longer to digest than other refined carbs, says study author John Sievenpiper, MD, Ph.D., associate professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto. Since pasta breaks down slowly in the body, it helps keeps blood sugar levels steady throughout the day. That makes you less likely to overeat or crave more carbs later on, he explains.
Consider pasta, in moderation, an approved source of carbs in addition to your go-to sweet potatoes. Always cook it al dente: “The sooner you remove it from the water, the lower the glycemic index,” Sievenpiper says.
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