Sophia Loren once famously said, 'Everything you see I owe to spaghetti,' but sadly somewhere along the way people got led to believe that pasta was the hated enemy, to be avoided at all costs.
A study of 23,000 people done by the Department of Epidemiology at the Institute for Research, Hospitalization, and Health Care Neuromed in Pozzilli, Italy (got to love those Italians) found that pasta consumption was actually linked with a reduced likelihood of obesity and decrease in BMI.
'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,' said one of the study’s authors, George Pounis.
The study found that banning pasta completely is not the way to go and found it a 'fundamental' part of a Mediterranean diet which focuses on fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains.
However, not to bring down the mood or anything but they did place an emphasis on the need to 'consume in moderation.'
The Italians usually consume pasta as the Primo and not the main event, with the study restricting participants to 86 grams of pasta.