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Does pasta cause weight gain: Coach's explanation

Does pasta cause weight gain: Coach's explanation Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

People often associate pasta with unhealthy food. When trying to normalize their weight, they often attempt to exclude this product from their diet. However, pasta should not be classified as unhealthy, according to coach Yurii Popko.

Can you gain weight from pasta?

According to the expert, the difference between whole-grain pasta and cheap pasta made from processed flour is that the whole-grain variety retains the bran, which contains minerals and fiber, making it more nutritious.

In terms of calories, whole-grain and cheap pasta are identical.

Moreover, it doesn’t matter when you eat pasta, as it does not affect weight gain.

People gain weight if they exceed their daily calorie intake. It doesn't matter which foods contribute to this excess—whether proteins, fats, or carbohydrates.

"You gain weight from overeating, from how much you eat or overeat throughout the day," added the coach.

Benefits of pasta and its contraindications

Pasta is a rich source of carbohydrates, providing a long-lasting feeling of fullness. An average portion of pasta, 150-200 grams, can supply 10% of daily caloric needs.

Besides fiber, pasta is rich in B vitamins, iron, and dietary fiber. These substances improve metabolism and maintain normal hemoglobin levels in the blood. Whole-grain pasta reduces cholesterol levels in the blood.

However, pasta should not be consumed frequently by people who are overweight, lead a sedentary lifestyle, or have diabetes.

Pasta made from wheat may only be unsuitable for those with gluten intolerance. In such cases, pasta made from buckwheat or rice flour should be chosen.

Flour, especially refined flour, is not whole grain but a refined product. If it is not possible to buy quality whole-grain pasta, regular pasta can be used, but it should be eaten no more than 2-3 times a week.