It seems that the much-loved Italian staple isn’t so bad after all.
Eating pasta does not make you fat and can even make you lose weight, an Italian study has found.
Two studies of over 23,000 adults and their diets found that pasta consumption is linked to lower levels of obesity and a healthy Body Mass Index.
The results were published in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes, which said that pasta is part of the healthy Mediterranean diet.
Previous research has shown the multiple health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in fruit, vegetables, olive oil and whole grains.
“Our data show that enjoying pasta according to individuals’ needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio,” said George Pounis, an author of the study.
“We have seen that consumption of pasta, contrary to what many think, is not associated with an increase in body weight, rather the opposite,” said Pounis.
The much-loved carbohydrate is often shunned from people’s diets when trying to lose weight, however this is totally unnecessary, says Licia Iacoviello, Head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology at Neuromed Institute which conducted the study.
“In popular views pasta is often considered not adequate when you want to lose weight. And some people completely ban it from their meals.”
“In light of this research, we can say that this is not a correct attitude. We’re talking about a fundamental component of Italian Mediterranean tradition, and there is no reason to do without it.”
“The message emerging from this study, as from other scientific analyses conducted in the context of the Moli-sani Project and INHES, is that Mediterranean diet, consumed in moderation and respecting the variety of all its elements (pasta in the first place), is good to your health”.
Spaghetti bolognaise, anyone?