The Mediterranean diet is currently on the peak of popularity. And although its usefulness is not disputed, we should note that pasta is often criticized and rejected because it is considered to promote weight gain.
As a result of thorough recent studies, pasta turned out to be not as harmful as is commonly believed. On the contrary, it is a useful food for health and weight loss.
The key is moderate consumption. Various natural foods consumed in moderation bring only benefits.
Italian nutritionists have conducted a detailed study on the effect of pasta consumption on the body’s fat deposits. Moli-sani Project began over 10 years ago and includes 25,000 citizens living in the Molise region of Italy, who regularly measure the weight and volume of the waist, hips, arms and chest. The purpose of the study was to understand the role of eating habits on people’s health, especially with regard to cancer, cardio-vascular, degenerative diseases, diabetes, and obesity.
All the criteria showed that pasta does not affect the deposition of extra kilos. On the contrary, it promotes a healthy height-and-weight ratio. The main thing is that pasta should be made from durum wheat and cooked al’dente. Such kinds of pasta have a low glycemic index.
The findings were published in the Nutrition and Diabetes journal.
Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of cardio – vascular diseases, the level of bad cholesterol (LDL). A recent meta-analysis involving more than 1.5 million people, showed that on this diet reduces the risk of cardio – vascular mortality, and overall mortality.
Wonders of the Mediterranean diet does not stop at heart. Other studies have shown that it reduces the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
There is also evidence that a diet with plenty of olive oil may prevent breast cancer.
Key aspects of the Mediterranean diet
- Eating mostly plant foods
- Many olive oil
- Enhance food taste better herbs instead of salt
- Red meat eating once a month
- Poultry or fish eat two to three times per week
- Eat with friends and family.
- Drink red wine in moderation (optional)
- Exercise regularly, or at least walk in the fresh air.