Dietitian reveals how to eat pasta without gaining weight – and it’s much easier than you think
- A dietitian has revealed how to eat pasta without piling on pounds
- Susie Burrell said a cup of uncooked pasta has 85g of carbohydrates and 14g of protein
- She said that cooked pasta has a lot of carbohydrates, so it is an energy-rich food
- Although it is a good source of fuel, many tend to eat large portions of heavy sauces
Susie Burrell (pictured) revealed how to enjoy eating pasta without gaining weight
A dietitian has revealed how to enjoy eating pasta without gaining weight.
Susie Burrell, of Sydney, said a single cup of uncooked pasta has 85g of carbohydrates and up to 14g of protein.
“Despite its relative simplicity, pasta gets a bad nutritional reputation for a number of reasons — its high carbohydrate nature means it’s an energy-dense food,” the nutritionist wrote on her note. blog.
While two cups of cooked pasta is a good fuel source for athletes, she said that in “most cases,” many tend to eat “huge” servings of three to four cups of pasta — packed with calories and heavy sauces.
“It’s the mix of carbohydrates and fat that links pasta to weight gain,” she explains.
While two cups of cooked pasta is a good source of fuel for athletes, she said that in “most cases,” many tend to eat “huge” servings of three to four cups of pasta — packed with calories and heavy sauces (stock image)
Susie said a pasta dish like carbonara or pesto can have as much as 60 to 80 grams of fat per serving.
“Unlike the large portions served in Italy with regular tomato or olive oil sauces, we tend to serve large plates of pasta along with rich, heavy sauces. As you can see, it’s not the paste that’s the problem. It’s the way we eat it,” she said.
Susie said a pasta dish like carbonara or pesto can have as much as 60 to 80 g of fat in a single serving (stock image)
To enjoy pasta without racking up the pounds, Susie suggested eating a cup of cooked pasta with a lighter sauce option like seafood or vegetables with a drizzle of olive oil.
“Like any other food, consuming it occasionally, once or twice a week won’t be a problem, especially if you’re active,” she said.
“On the other hand, if your goal is to lose weight or if you want to eat pasta more often, it might be worth trying the low-carb options to see if you can combine them with your favorite pasta sauces for minimal calories. ‘
She suggested swapping regular pasta for fiber-rich whole-wheat varieties, because then you’ll feel full for longer, which means you’ll probably eat less.
Susie said another, lighter option for enjoying a guilt-free dish like spaghetti bolognese is to replace the pasta with spiralized zucchini.