Girls, rejoice! All those times you felt guilty for polishing off your plate of pasta were uncalled for, because a new Italian study has found that pasta is not fattening! Published in the Nutrition and Diabetes journal, the study analysed the diets of over 23,000 adults and matched the findings against the participants’ weight, height, waist and hip measurements.
A standard questionnaire was used to determine what each participant ate in the previous 24 hours, including the time, place of consumption, quantity consumed, detailed description of food and beverages, and brands. Participants were also asked if they were following a particular diet.
We simmered down the findings to a few crucial deets in preparation for our next pasta party:
- Those who ate pasta had a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who didn’t eat any at all
- Pasta consumers had a smaller waist-to-hip ratio than non-pasta consumers (score!)
- There was no correlation between eating pasta and an unhealthy weight. In fact, it was the opposite – pasta consumption was linked to being slimmer!
- Consumption of pasta is linked to a reduced risk of obesity
- When eaten as part of a healthy Mediterranean diet, pasta can be beneficial to health
- Pasta should be considered as good carbs, as long as it’s eaten in moderation
“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,” – Licia Lacoviello, Head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology at the Neuromed institute
This study did not differentiate the types of pasta, but other studies have suggested that spaghetti prepared al-dente is better for blood sugar levels. Have your dose of pasta with a tomato-based sauce, vegetables, fish and extra virgin olive oil for a healthy meal!