Pasta is good for health and it is not true that it makes you fat: you just have to know how to cook it and how much. On the occasion of World Pasta Day, let’s see what scientists reveal to us about this healthy food, often accused (unjustly) of making us grow too fat.

October 25th is World Pasta Day, but this food is often present in our meals. Often accused of making us fat, in reality pasta is a perfect food for both health and good mood and scientists explain how to eat it to make the most of its benefits.

First of all, it must be wholemeal pasta. The first advice is to choose wholemeal pasta because it is a type of carbohydrate that can maintain the level of sugar in the blood and provide energy in a constant manner: this facilitates the absorption. Carefully read the label: check that it is 100% wholemeal.

How to cook pasta. The first rule in this case is al dente cooking, this allows to reduce the risk of abdominal swelling and blood glucose peaks, even better it would be to rinse pasta under cold water. As for the condiment, the best spaghetti dish advice is to opt for garlic, which lowers the fat deposit, and oil and chili, which activates the metabolism.

What to eat after pasta. Vegetables before and after, in fact these foods raw first and cooked later, help the absorption of sugars avoiding the glycemic peak.

When to eat pasta. All of us are terrified of eating pasta in the evening, yet this is not entirely wrong: it would help to relax and lose weight as it favors the synthesis of serotonin and melatonin, perfect for relaxation and sleep.

Does pasta make you fat or not? A Canadian study has shown that pasta does not make you fat, and it can also help us lose weight thanks to its low glycemic index: anyway be careful with quantity. In general, however, removing the pasta from our diet is incorrect, the “carbophobia” in fact does not help us lose weight, and it also worsen our mood.


A pasta that is good for the heart. Researchers have developed a type of functional pasta that, enriched with beta-glucan (heart-friendly food flour), acts as a natural bypass.

Too much meat and less pasta is bad. A recent study showed that meat diets with a low carbohydrate content reduce our expectation of four years: so hooray for pasta.