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Is it okay to eat pasta if I'm trying to lose weight?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The problem with pasta is not the pasta itself -- it’s more about portions. If you eat too much of anything, and don’t burn it off, your body will store it as fat. So whether it’s bread or pasta or rice, it’s about the volume and extra calories, not about the carbohydrates themselves. Add to that the heavy sauces and high-calorie cheeses, and no wonder pasta has such a bad rap.

The key here is practicing portion control. Pasta is okay in moderation. Dietitians recommend 2 or 3 ounces of uncooked noodles per person -- or half of a one-pound box to serve a family of four.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
Samantha Heller, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics

Portion control is key to enjoying pasta, especially if you are watching your weight; adding vegetables to your meal can help. Watch registered dietitian Samantha Heller give helpful tips on how to make your pasta servings both hearty and healthy.

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