Turns Out Pasta Isn’t Fattening — and Can Actually Help You Lose Weight

Load up on carbonara: despite popular belief, pasta isn’t fattening (Photo: Rex)
Load up on carbonara: Despite popular belief, pasta isn’t fattening. (Photo: Rex)

There’s nothing that cartoon cat Garfield loves more than a plate of pasta — and most dieters shun the stuff altogether.

But we might have got it all wrong, a new Italian study involving more than 20,000 people found.

In fact, pasta may actually help weight loss as part of a healthy Mediterranean diet — and isn’t as fattening as we’ve always believed.

Researchers from the Neuromed Institute used data from two large Italian studies in which people were asked what they had eaten in the past 24 hours and whether this was representative, and then they measured.

Researcher Licia Iacoviello said, “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.”

The researchers write, “As a traditional component of Mediterranean diet, pasta consumption was negatively associated with BMI, waist circumference, and waist-to-hip ratio and with a lower prevalence of overweight and obesity.”

The message emerging from this study is that the Mediterranean diet, in which all of the food groups are consumed in moderation is good for your health. However, it’s worth noting that the Mediterranean diet consumed by many Italians is also rich in vegetables, and the pasta sizes are notably smaller than those found in the United States.

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