The world-famous Italian actress Sophia Loren once said: “Everything you see on me, I owe the spaghetti.”
Now you can say the same thing, because a new study presented at the annual National Action Against Obesity conference showed that people who eat macaroni often have much better nutrition than those who do not.
In fact, research has shown that people who enjoy pasta usually consume less saturated fats and carbohydrates, but more vitamins and minerals.
Although macaroni, along with bread, has long been associated with poor nutrition, health experts are now reassuring that this is in fact a myth, and that pasta does contribute to weight loss.
It was also found that pasta in combination with a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables and olive oil, slightly reduces the body mass index (BMI).
In order to study Italian researchers analyzed the eating habits of more than 23,000 people from two regions of Italy. Participants kept the magazine about everything they ate, and also answered specific questions of researchers.
The amount of pasta that they ate on a daily basis was standardized and compared with their BMI, waist circumference, and hips.
The results of the study showed that pasta does not affect weight gain, but rather that they contribute to weight loss.
George Powys, the author of the lead study, said: “We saw that the consumption of pasta, contrary to what many believe, is not associated with an increase in body weight, rather the opposite.
“Our data shows that the use of pasta in accordance with the needs of individual people contributes to a healthy body mass index, a lower waist circumference and a better ratio of the waist and hips.”
It is important to keep in mind that a moderate dish has 50-65 g of paste. The study was published in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes.
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