Load up on carbonara: despite popular belief, pasta isn’t fattening [Photo: Rex]
There’s nothing that fat cartoon cat Garfield loves more than a plate of pasta - and most dieters shun the stuff altogether.
But we might have got it all wrong, a new Italian study involving more than 20,000 people found.
In fact, pasta may actually help weight loss as part of a healthy Mediterranean diet - and isn’t as fattening as we’ve believed.
Researchers from the Neuromed Institute used data from two large Italian studies where people were asked what they had eaten in the past 24 hours, and whether this was representative - and then measured.
Researcher Licia Iacoviello said, ‘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.’
The researchers write, ‘As a traditional component of Mediterranean diet, pasta consumption was negatively associated with BMI, waist circumference, and waist-to-hip ratio and with a lower prevalence of overweight and obesity.’
‘The message emerging from this study, 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.