From spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce, to a hearty, Greek orzo salad, few foods are as sustaining as pasta. But as it turns out, there is actually a scientific explanation behind this phenomenon. When the pasta dough is extruded through the dies to make pasta shapes, it compacts the starch structure, so that the pasta digests more slowly and doesn't spike our blood sugar.
Foods that are absorbed more slowly, like pasta, provide the body with a steadier source of energy, and can help stave off rapid swings in blood sugar that can lead to health problems or overeating. Because of its gentle effect on blood sugar, pasta is low on the Glycemic Index. This means that it can help keep us fuller for longer, which is great news for both our taste buds, and our waistlines.