Pasta lovers have reason to celebrate, as a new study found that everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure may not be as fattening as we thought. After surveying over 23,000 people, the Department of Epidemiology, I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed in Pozzilli, Italy, discovered that the gluten-heavy food is actually linked to a reduction in body mass index.
“By analyzing anthropometric data of the participants and their eating habits 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 one of the study’s authors, George Pounis, in a news release. “Our data shows that enjoying pasta according to individuals’ needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio.”
Before you start indulging on your favorite pasta dishes, however, it must be noted that eating the Italian culinary staple won’t actually make you skinnier. According to the study’s findings, it can reduce the likelihood of obesity, a notion that contradicts the traditional belief that the frequent consumption of pasta usually leads to an expanded waistline.
“In popular views pasta is often considered not adequate when you want to lose weight, and some people completely ban it from their meals,” added Licia Iacoviello, head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology at Neuromed Institute. “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.”
Make homemade pasta with this Atlas 150 Aluminum Pasta Maker, and tell us: Will these new findings help you consume pasta guilt-free?