Here’s another food you probably thought you could never see again on a healthy eating plan — pasta. Most pasta, when cooked al dente, is low to low/moderate on the glycemic index. That doesn’t mean that your whole diet can consist of pasta, but it does mean that pasta can be a good switch for a higher glycemic side like rice or potatoes. It also means that you can use favorite recipes with pasta and low glycemic sauce ingredients.
Spaghetti, for example has a low GI number of 23, which puts it on the green list. It has 220 calories for a one-cup serving, though, so it is not a low calorie food.
Things to avoid:
- Pasta cooked to mush. It becomes high glycemic when it is overcooked.
- Processed pasta dishes, like boxed macaroni and cheese. The sauce and additives make it high calorie and sometimes high glycemic.
- Lots of pasta. Too much can move it to the high glycemic category. Stick with a single serving.
- High glycemic sauces. Check out the ingredients in the sauce. If they are high glycemic and/or very high calorie, you certainly aren’t going to lose weight with them!
Pasta won’t help you lose weight quickly. You can do that by a stricter plan of lean meat and veggies. We are talking life-long healthy eating, though. You won’t eat a restrictive diet all your life. Pasta in moderation can be a part of that plan.
Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown