The study released Monday in the Nutrition & Diabetes journal followed 23,000 people and was, of course, conducted in the land of pasta: Italy.
“We have seen that consumption of pasta, contrary to what many think, is not associated with an increase in body weight,” George Pounis, an author of the study, said in a news release. “On the contrary: our data show that eating pasta results in a healthier body mass index, lower waist circumference and (better) waist-hip ratio.”
But before you go and grab a big bowl of pasta drenched in a fat-ladened al fredo sauce, the study found that pasta only was associated with a lower BMI (Body Mass Index). It didn’t say it can completely lower BMI. And the thrust of the study pointed to pasta being consumed as part of a Mediterranean-style diet.