It is a time for carb lovers to celebrate! A study out of Italy shows that you can eat your rigatoni without worrying about weight gain.
The study suggests that people who eat pasta actually have a smaller body mass index (BMI) than those who don’t like noodles.
Researchers at The Institute for Research in Pozzilli, Italy, followed the eating habits of over 23,000 Italians. The data of this study showed that enjoying pasta is linked to a lower waist perimeter and a reduced possibility of obesity.
According to Licia Iacoviello, M.D., Ph.D., head of the Laboratory at Neuromed Institute, in nowadays pasta is often considered not adequate when you want to lose weight, even some people completely ban it from their menu. Following the results of this study, she confirmed that this is not a correct attitude.
The pasta is a fundamental component of Italian Mediterranean tradition, and the Mediterranean diet and when it is consumed in moderation, respecting the variety of all its elements, it can be listed in healthy food.
What is most important here is to consume it moderately. If not, by treating yourself to a large bowl of fettuccini Alfredo every night, your BMI, and the number on your scale will likely go up.
However, eating a small-sized pasta dish rich in veggies and olive oil should be your option if you are the fun of this kind of foods. That’s not destroying your weight-loss efforts, and you can be free to eat that summer pasta salad.