GI Diet Advice About Pasta
Eating Spaghetti, Macaroni and Other Pasta Foods on GI Diets

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GI Diet Advice About Pasta

Pasta Foods and Sauces on a Healthy GI Diet

Most pasta is perfectly acceptable on a healthy GI diet plan - the lowest GI pasta being "brown" whole wheat varieties. Pasta sauces tend to vary in glycemic response and fat content, and should be chosen carefully after reading food labels.

Low GI Way of Cooking Pasta

If you overcook pasta, it raises its GI value as it becomes easier for digestive enzymes to break it down into glucose. So enjoy pasta cooked al dente (chewy) rather than soft.

GI Diet Advice on Eating Pasta

To maintain stable blood glucose levels and healthy diet nutrition, ideally choose whole wheat varieties. See below for specific GI diet advice about eating pasta.

Best Pasta/Sauces To Eat on a Healthy GI Diet Program

Best GI foods in this food group include:

Spaghetti, macaroni, penne, fettuccine, linguine, rigatoni, tagliatelle, vermicelli. Note: check food labels and choose pasta sauces with the lowest fat and sugar content.

Types of Pasta/Sauces To Avoid on a GI Diet Program

Less suitable foods in this food group, include:

Lasagna, gnocchi, cannelloni, ravioli. Any cream or cheese pasta sauce.

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Weight loss diets based on low-GI foods help to keep blood sugar levels from rising too fast after meals and snacks. Less glucose in the bloodstream causes the pancreas to secrete less insulin. This combination of less blood glucose and less insulin helps to avoid metabolic health problems such as pre-diabetes, hyperinsulinism and reduced glucose tolerance.

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