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Obesity and Pasta – Myth or Reality

pasta and weight lossIf you ever meet a person who doesn’t love pasta, then that should throw up a major red flag. Pasta is the best go-to dish for anything. Whether you’re vegetarian or a meat lover. Whether you’re Italian or American. Whether you’re a little kid or an old man on the verge of dying, we all love pasta, and pasta loves us back. Pasta is the traditional Italian staple and dates all the way back to 1154, when an unknown genius decided to mix flour water and eggs to make the best tasting thing ever. Obesity on the other hand, we don’t love. Obesity is the traditional American staple. It dates all the way back to whenever Monsanto started choosing what’s healthy for us. These two origin stories of tasty, delicious pasta and obesity collide in the next article.

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If we sit down and think, we can recall the world’s most fascinating myth’s. Oedipus and the oracle, Hercules and the battle against Cerebus, even Luke Skywalker against the anti-Jedi Darth Vader. One myth that sticks in my head more than any other myth in the world is the myth of obesity and pasta. Is there a link between this delicious bread water in string from topped with meatballs and obesity? Is the obesity problem in America a result of our pasta eating habits? These questions and more will be answered in the following block of text.

Pasta comes in many forms. Whether it’s farfalle, fettuccini, spaghetti, linguini, cappelinni, I don’t care what it’s called a-linni , it’s super delicious. People, like, pasta come in various forms as well. Some of us are tall, some of us are short, some of us are ugly, and some of us are obese.  Obesity is what happens when someone has amassed so much excess body fat that it starts to have a negative affect on his or her health.

The 3 Week DietObesity greatly increases the risk of dying from heart failure especially for those who are older in age. Lack of exercise, a sedentary life-style, a genetic predisposition, a thyroid imbalance, or binge-eating can all cause obesity. That’s what makes it so easy to understand why pasta is getting thrown under the bus in this situation.

Carbs or carbohydrates were quick to be demonized in the mid-90s and along with their downfall went pasta’s reputation. Yes, we know, pasta is high in carbohydrates. I don’t need to be told this sort of negative information while I’m going to town on my bottomless meatballs and parmesan spaghetti at The Olive Garden ok already?

As far as the battle against carbohydrates is concerned, pasta was made a complete and total scapegoat. They took pasta and made it seem like a monster. People we’re shouting nasty things about pasta from the roof tops. Spreading lies like the thought that it would make you fat, that it would give you cancer.

Let’s take a step back and think about what we’re really saying here. If we choose to accept some of these pasta-hating ideals than we’re putting ourselves in a really dark situation. Think about it for a second do you really want to live in a world where pasta gives you cancer. That’s what I thought.

Now beyond appealing to your emotion with my previous pasta-focused manifesto, I want you to understand where all the fallacies that the pasta-denialists fall short of speaking the truth. Can pasta cause obesity? Yes, it most very well can, but eating a large amount of any food combined with a lack of exercise can cause obesity anyways. Is pasta choc-full of carbohydrates? Yes, it most very well is full of carbohydrates.

I know we are 2-0 on the pasta front right now, but in order to truly say that pasta causes obesity you have to get down to the facts. Pasta is full of carbohydrates, but when we’re looking at carbohydrates we have to understand that there are both good and carbohydrates. Good carbohydrates are found in veggies, fruits, beads, whole grains, and you guessed it, pasta Good carbohydrates work by taking their time to absorb into the body to maintain balanced sugar levels. Pasta is helping our sugar levels stay balanced people.

Another argument against pasta is the amount of calories that exist in even a single cup of pasta. One cup of pasta is estimated to be around 250 calories. You know what else is 250 calories? The answer is less than one half of a Big Mac.

Try ordering that atyour nearest McDonalds. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Let me get this straight, you can have a bowl of pasta and be set for lunch at only 250 calories, or you could eat half a big mac and feel like a total fool”. That’s right were learning here. Maybe the reason people are obese doesn’t have anything to do with pasta at all.

Maybe the reason people are obese is because we are indoctrinated into a capitalist system that pushes us to consume the most nutritionally useless food on the face of this earth.  I wonder how many people have been avoiding pasta and eating fast food because of some bogus article they’ve read on the Internet.

At the end of the day it is up to you what you are planning on putting into your body to nourish yourself. Pasta needs the spotlight taken off of it when trying to find the real enemy of a solid diet. In fact pasta can be one of the more beneficial foods in your pantry when you really look at it. Pasta is perfect for getting your body back to ship-shape after a long workout.

Pasta is cheap and a great meal to share with the family. Pasta is loaded with fiber, vitamins, and protein that help to maintain ad healthy and solid body in working order. So educate yourself about this myth of obesity being caused by pasta.  As always, enjoy pasta in moderation, and stay that’s the way to stay healthy.

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