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Is spaghetti healthy/?

Asked by pmichelle (4points) April 3rd, 2009

Ok i love spaghetti i could eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner. I love to cook it and eat it but; I don’t like every bodies spaghetti. My question is can I loose weight eating spaghetti or can I gain weight or can I do both?

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MrItty's avatar

both.

Spaghetti by itself is certainly not healthy if that’s all you’re eating. That’s only one out of the four food groups. You need a balanced diet. 100% of one food group and 0% of the other three is bad.

Spaghetti can also be bad for you in general depending on what you put on it. If you cover it in a thick creamy alfredo sauce for example, that’s not especially healthy.

Like all foods, eating it in moderation, combined with a healthy physical activity regiment, will give you the best results.

TheLoneMonk's avatar

I only buy whole wheat pasta and yes it can be a healthy part of a diet.

kevbo's avatar

Spinach pasta is better for you in terms of regulating your blood sugar. My doctor in the past has included pasta in a list of starches that get in the way of lowering cholesterol, but I bet if you eat a full on Mediterranean diet you don’t have to worry as much.

dynamicduo's avatar

You can do both. Weight loss or gaining is primarily caused by the number of calories you eat during the day – you can eat 2000 calories of pasta and sauce or 2000 calories of jello and you should stay at the same weight you are (provided you are an average sized person). If you eat more than 2000, you’ll gain weight, if you eat less, you’ll lose weight. Physical exercise also plays a big role in weight loss, exercise burns calories, so if you keep eating 2000 but exercise and burn off 300 of those, you’ll lose weight gradually.

The problem is that pasta and sauce may not contain all the nutrients you should be eating, especially if there’s no meat or vegetables in the sauce.

In general, I would recommend you limit your pasta intake to one or two meals a day (I recommend one), and have a third meal with veggies, milk, meat, eggs, etc.

juniper's avatar

I think the best way to do spaghetti is to abandon tradition: use whole wheat noodles, organic sauce (that doesn’t include high-fructose corn syrup), and lots (lots!) of vegetables. When I make it, I use far more veggies than pasta, and I don’t include meat. Gotta get your protein elsewhere, I guess.

gailcalled's avatar

The usual pasta is made with white flour and water (and or eggs). No nourishment there. Lots of good suggestsion in all of the above comments.

bea2345's avatar

My late father used to say, “What don’t kill does fatten.” I prefer the related “A little of what you fancy does you good.” Spaghetti, as part of a balanced diet, is quite all right.

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