Eating pasta is good for your health

A new study claims that eating past is really good for your health. So, no more excuses, please don’t cut pasta from your diet!

Put pasta in your diet

If you’ve been cutting pasta out of your diet because of its fattening reputation, you may no longer have to. A recent study about “Association of pasta consumption with body mass”conducted by Italian scientists (published on Nutrition & Diabetes) found that pasta does not contribute to obesity. Pasta is good.

pasta is good for your health - spaghetti with pesto, tomatoes and ricotta cheese
Pesto, tomatoes and ricotta cheese

In fact, pasta can actually help you bring down your body mass index.

The study examined the eating habits of the participants and found that enjoying pasta during a healthy meal actually contributes to maintaining a lower BMI, lower waist circumference, and better waist-hip ratio (especially when incorporated into a healthy Mediterranean diet: read Mediterranean diet beats low-fat diet for long-term weight loss (on Harvard Health Publications, the study appeared in the Dec. 22, 2015, issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

Don’t ban pasta from your meals

The key takeaway being that pasta is best enjoyed as a larger part of a healthy diet full of produce, healthy fats, and lean proteins. But remind: this is not a ticket to a bottomless bowl of creamy pasta!

Choose the right ingredients, simple is healthy.

pasta is good for your health - salmon fettuccine
Fettuccine with salmon

Licia Iacoviello, head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology at Neuromed Institute, stated that while pasta isn’t commonly associated with healthy eating and weight loss, you don’t have to completely ban it from your meals if it is something you enjoy.

pasta is good for your health - fusilli with vegetables and bacon
Fusilli with vegetables and bacon

“In light of this research, we can say that this is not a correct attitude. We’re talking about a fundamental component of Italian Mediterranean tradition, and there is no reason to do without it” she said.

Pasta is good

Don’t forget pasta is good for your social life. Pasta is perfect for sharing smiles, laughs. Like all things indulgent, we still believe in moderation, it’s important don’t abuse of it, and finding good ways to use it for your health.

pasta is good for your health - fusilli with spinach, mushroom and pork
Fusilli with spinach, mushrooms and pork

You don’t need to eat always pasta with bolognese sauce, meat or some strong (fat) ingredient, like cream.

pasta is good for your health - spaghetti with pesto and nuts
Spaghetti with pesto and nuts

We definitely won’t argue with the claims that a little penne alla vodka or fettuccine with eggplants won’t hurt your waistline. Pasta is also the perfect food for vegetarians and vegans!

Now, please… pass the pasta!

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