Italian researchers: Pasta not as fattening as we thought it was
BATON ROUGE - A new study has found that pasta does not contribute to obesity. In fact, researchers found the noodles were actually associated with a reduction in body mass index or BMI.
The study was carried out by the Department of Epidemiology, I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed in Pozzilli, Italy. The hopefully unbiased scientists found that pasta, a key component of the Italian’s Mediterranean diet, is linked to the reduced likelihood of abdominal obesity.
However, nutritionists say you shouldn’t go running for the rigatoni just yet as it is important to note that the study does not say eating pasta actually causes a reduction in BMI. It says the food is merely associated with it. The popular carbohydrate is a no-no in most diets due to its inherent high gluten content. The researchers also noted that Italians also eat smaller portions of pasta as a first course rather than a main.
“By analyzing anthropometric data of the participants and their eating habits,” said a news release covering the fusilli-fixated findings, “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 health body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio.”