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No, Pasta Is Not an Effective Tool to Reduce Your Girth

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  • Recent headlines report pasta may help you to lose weight, but the headlines fail to report participants were eating a very low-glycemic diet to begin with and lost a mere 1.1 pounds in 12 weeks
  • Limiting your net carbs is an important component of healthy eating that will help normalize your weight and reduce your risk of chronic diseases
  • Attaining a normal weight while eating a diet rich in net carbohydrates may not prevent metabolic syndrome and the risks of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses
  • You may include noodles in your meal plans by incorporating zero-calorie, high-fiber shirataki noodles or spaghetti squash served directly in the shell

By Dr. Mercola

Limiting your net carbohydrate intake is an effective way to normalize your weight and reduce your risk for metabolic syndrome, heart disease and many other chronic diseases. Net carbs are calculated by subtracting your net fiber in grams from your total carbohydrates in grams. The resulting number are your net carbohydrates. Your body needs fiber carbohydrates as a prebiotic to feed good bacteria and support a strong gut microbiome.


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