Do you need low carb pasta when you want to lose weight? The great news for pasta lovers who want to lose weight or just maintain their fat loss is that all pasta
is low glycemic. It may not be low in carbs but it does not raise your blood sugar.
Carbs are good for you - it's the blood sugar spikes that come
with high glycemic carbs you don't want. However, pasta is a carbohydrate dense food. A serving size is 1/2 cup cooked pasta and it has about 18 grams of carbs in it. Be sure to eat only a serving size at any one meal.
Pasta does NOT raise your blood sugar and stimulate fat storage. The higher in protein it is, the lower the glycemic index. The whole grain pastas have more nutrients but the best for weight management are the high protein ones with
the lowest glycemic index.
Quinoa pasta and Barilla Plus (yellow box) are not low carb pastas but they are low glycemic, high protein pastas and they are readily available. Barilla Plus is in most grocery stores and Ancient Quinoa Harvest is in natural food stores like Trader Joe's.
The Ancient Quinoa Harvest brand of quinoa pasta is less expensive than other
whole grain pastas. It's also gluten free if you are intolerant to gluten and it has great flavor!
Pastas are low glycemic if they are not overcooked. Be sure to cook them al dente. High protein pastas are the best choices but whole grain or multigrain pastas are low glycemic too and they are healthy choices. The multigrain pastas on the market now are lighter than ever and very tasty. Be aware that all canned pastas are high glycemic. These are the best but there are other low glycemic pastas on our printable low glycemic list.
|angel hair pasta||brown rice pasta||capellini||fettucine|
|linguini||ravioli, cheese or meat filled||rice pasta||spaghetti|
|spinach linguini||tortellini, cheese or meat filled||Barilla Plus||quinoa pasta|
Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Just add a few of your favorite sautéed veggies, a tablespoon of olive oil and grate
some fresh parmesan on top. Very quick and easy meal when you add a simple
salad. Remember that you don't need to look for low carb pasta because there is
no such thing. You are looking for the right kind of carbs, the low glycemic
kind. This means the high protein pasta, quinoa or Barilla Plus. Second best on your weight loss plan are any of the whole grain pastas.
You can make your own low glycemic, pasta sauce by sautéing some onion and minced garlic in a little olive oil and then adding some chopped, fresh tomatoes or canned, chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper and basil to taste. If you have hearty eaters, add ground beef and cook until done before you add the tomatoes. You won't need to eat a large amount because it's so filling.
If you buy your pasta sauce be sure that it is made without corn syrup, sugar or other high glycemic additives. There are lots of good ones on the market now. Remember that the pasta doesn't have to be labeled low carb pasta.
It's not that some
pasta has fewer carbs in it, it's all high in carbohydrates. It's that the high protein or whole grain pastas
are low glycemic carbs.
Not all carbohydrates are created equal when it comes to fat storage. You
always want to seek out the low glycemic carbs and manage your portion control. Pasta is very filling so when you add some sauce and vegetables to a serving size (1/2 cup) it's enough to feel satisfied.
Barilla Plus and Ancient Quinoa Harvest Pasta have the lowest glycemic index because of protein content but all pasta is low glycemic. Any quinoa pasta is a great choice and has awesome flavor. Some pastas have added flaxseeds which means they provide heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Low carb pasta they are not, but they are all low glycemic. Enjoy your pasta!
For many more articles on eating the right carbs and other low glycemic foods for permanent fat loss, please scroll down.
The glycemic index list of foods includes foods that lower blood sugar and help you to lose fat!
Controlling food cravings means that you need to avoid the high glycemic foods on these lists! High glycemic sugars in foods stimulate the appetite and lead to food cravings.
This list of raw foods contains fruits and vegetables that are a powerhouse of nutrients and they are low glycemic, meaning you can eat as much of them as you desire!
Healthy salads, especially when you add Omega 3 sources or foods with resistant starch, are a great low glycemic meal. These are fat burning foods and have a low glycemic index.
Eating lots of super healthy low glycemic foods means that you are once and for all replacing the fat storing high glycemic carbs in your diet with the low glycemic complex carbohydrates.
High fiber foods, the whole grains and legumes or beans are essential for keeping your blood sugar low, your cholesterol and triglycerides low and for fat loss.
You need to look to the good fats (omega-3 sources) for a healthy diet and to lose body fat!
Take a look at dairy products and just how these calcium rich foods affect
the glycemic index.
Sugar free desserts that taste good? Is a sugar free dessert a low glycemic recipe?Soups, Oriental Cuisine, Protein Foods
This low glycemic index chart shows the soups, the oriental cuisine and the protein foods that do not raise your blood sugar.
This will give you a more precise understanding of how eating low glycemic foods will help you lose fat and keep it off.
Any list of acidic foods will have sodas at the top of the list. These drinks are high glycemic and fat storing drinks!
Here are more high glycemic foods that need to be avoided most of the time in order to maintain your fat loss.
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