Is Pasta Really Fattening?

Over 23,000 Italians were recruited to find out whether pasta consumption is fattening.

Eating pasta doesn’t contribute towards gaining weight and obesity, a surprising new study finds.

The large-scale study reveals that pasta consumption can actually reduce the chance of abdominal obesity and total body fat.

Lately pasta has been disfavoured and, as part of some aggressive ‘’do it yourself’’ diets, led individuals to avoid its consumption.

Mr George Pounis, the study’s lead researcher, said:

“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 show that enjoying pasta according to individuals’ needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio.”

Several studies have suggested that the Mediterranean Diet is a healthy nutritional diet contributing to weight control.

However, the basic component of pasta and its specific role were not clear until this study filled the gap.

Dr Licia Iacoviello, Head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology at the Neuromed Institute, said:


“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.

We’re talking about a fundamental component of Italian Mediterranean tradition, and there is no reason to do without it.

The message emerging from this study, as from other scientific analyses conducted in the context of the Moli-sani Project and INHES, is that Mediterranean diet, consumed in moderation and respecting the variety of all its elements (pasta in the first place), is good for your health.”

The study was published in Nutrition & Diabetes (Pounis et al., 2016).

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