It’s a question that’s been asked so many times especially with the rise in popularity of low carb diets, keto diets and paleo diets among others, but pasta has been a staple of the Italian diet for hundreds of years without any mention of obesity or weight gain.
Let’s see what we can learn from the Italians.
Many Italians cook their pasta to al dente perfection. This means 'to the tooth' and refers to a texture that is both tender and chewy at the same time. Then they throw cold water over it to cool it down. This is what Mama taught them to do … because it stops the pasta from continuing to cook.
However new research has shown that this process actually alters the chemical structure of carbohydrates in foods and converts it into a ‘resistant starch.’ It is named as such because it is resistant to digestion and the body can’t break it down. Resistant starch strengthens your gut by feeding the good bacteria, it reduces insulin resistance and doesn’t cause blood sugar spikes. It can also burn fat and help to reduce your appetite because you feel fuller more quickly.
It’s an easy little habit to put into practice, then of course, think of those cold summer pasta salads.
(for more information on resistant starch please refer to: https://www.consumerreports.org/healthy-eating/resistant-starch-may-speed-weight-loss-and-improve-health/)