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Why ‘healthy’ substitutes like courgette pasta are making you fatter

Evoke.ie logoEvoke.ie 2/08/2017 Yolanda Zaw
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Think you are being all healthy with your spiralized courgetti, all smug in the knowledge that you are enjoying a carb-free version of your favourite dish? 

Well, sorry to burst your bubble but so-called ‘healthy’ versions of foods might not be doing you any good.

Kathleen Keller, a professor in nutritional sciences and food science at Penn State University warns that eating healthy substitutes which we tell ourselves are the ‘healthy’ option could be making us eat more. 

'Tis far from spiralizers you were reared... Pic: Getty © Provided by Associated News 'Tis far from spiralizers you were reared... Pic: Getty She explained to The Atlantic that eating these substitutes could lead to the Snackwell effect. That is, when we know we’re eating something healthy, we let ourselves eat a larger portion than normal. 

‘In the past when we’ve tried to substitute healthier versions for the real thing, that ends up backfiring because people just think, ‘Well, I ate these really healthy noodles so I can put a really rich sauce on them,’ she said. 

She goes on to say that because vegetable pasta is not the same as regular pasta in terms of taste and texture, your body’s pasta or carb cravings remain.

This can sometimes lead us to compensate by eating more or adding unhealthy topping to satisfy our needs.

Basically, even though we are eating courgette and pretending it is pasta, we still like we are missing out on what we really crave. And eat more to make up for it. 

Our advice? Just eat the damn spaghetti!

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