Now you don't need an excuse to eat pasta.
Here's some news to rejoice.
Unlike popular beliefs, pasta consumption does not actually contribute to obesity.
On the contrary, it's associated with a decrease in Body Mass Index.
This was established by a study conducted by the Department of Epidemiology, I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed in Pozzilli, Italy.
The study threw light on how pasta consumption is actually associated with a reduced likelihood of both general and abdominal obesity.
The research examined over 23,000 people, who were recruited in two large epidemiological studies: Moli-sani and INHES (Italian Nutrition and Health Survey), conducted by the same department.
"By analysing the 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.
"Our data show that enjoying pasta according to individuals' needs contributes to a healthy Body Mass Index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio," explains George Pounis, first author of the paper.
Many studies already demonstrated how the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest nutritional regime, even when we talk about weight control.
Very little, however, was known about the specific role of a basic component as pasta.
But data from the Neuromed study now fill this gap.
"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. "We're talking about a fundamental component of Italian Mediterranean tradition, and there is no reason to do without it," says Licia Iacoviello, Head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology at Neuromed Institute.
"The message emerging from this study -- as from other scientific analyses conducted in the context of the Moli-sani Project and INHES -- is that Mediterranean diet, consumed in moderation and respecting the variety of all its elements (pasta in the first place), is good to your health," Iacoviello added.
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