Ah, carbonara. Big juicy pasta tubes smothered in creamy cheese topped with a generous helping of crispy bacon… If you’re anything like us, you can probably eat mounds and mounds of the stuff and never tire. Well, wait ‘til you hear this – pasta is officially good for you and might even help you lose weight.
The news comes from a study published in the Nutrition & Diabetes Journal (carried out by pasta’s Italian natives FYI, but we’re not going to dwell on that – and neither should you).
The investigation was carried out on over 23,000 people from two different areas of Italy and the results showed absolutely no link between eating pasta and gaining weight. As if we’re not already carb-crawling the streets (see what we did there?!) like mad women, the study also showed that those who ate pasta on a regular basis had a ‘lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio’.
Co-author of the report George Pounis added: “By analysing 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 shows that enjoying pasta according to individuals’ needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio.”
There is something else we should probably bring to your attention, though – the study was carried out on people who consumed a Mediterranean diet alongside their daily pasta dose. Our point? As long as you eat a healthy balance of fresh fish and vegetables otherwise you’re good to go.
Pasta la vista!