Carb lovers and parmesan cheese aficionados, rejoice: good news has come to you from Italy.
Having spent years being dissed as a weight watcher’s nightmare, new scientific research suggests pasta is not fattening after all.
In a study published in the Nutrition and Diabetes journal earlier this week, researchers from the Institute of Research, Hospitalisation and Health Care Neuromed in Pozzilli, Italy, found those who ate pasta not only had a lower body mass index (BMI), but also a smaller waist-to-hip ratio than those of non-pasta eaters.
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The findings came from analysing the diets of more that 23,000 Italians and assessing what participants ate and drank during 24 hours periods.
The time and places they ate, the portion sizes of meals, and any diets being undertaken at the time were also taken into account.
Amazingly, the study found pasta consumption to be linked to slimmer bodies and lower weights overall, with researchers saying the findings disprove the misconceived link between pasta and obesity. (Post continues after gallery.)