Study Finds Pasta Does Not Make You Fat

An Italian study published in the journal ‘Nutrition and Diabetes’ this month, reveals for the first time a link between how much pasta you eat and how slim you are likely to be. The study questioned close to 25,000 men and women of varying ages and social backgrounds across Italy about their dietary habits and recorded their body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratio.

The results of the study were surprising and good news for pasta-lovers everywhere. The findings showed a negative correlation between pasta consumption and obesity. In other words – the more you eat pasta, the less you are likely to be overweight.

The results run contrary to the popular belief that servings of pasta will cause you to gain weight, a misconception which has caused pasta consumption to fall worldwide. The traditional Italian diet, based around cereals, legumes, seasonal fruit and vegetables with a liberal use of olive oil, is considered one of the healthiest diets in the world. The researchers blamed fad diets for giving pasta a bad reputation. But why does pasta make you slimmer? The precise mechanisms are still a mystery, but scientists think it has to do with the foods we tend to eat pasta with, such as tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and onions, which are foods that can be helpful when losing weight. Buon appetito!

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