We can now enjoy those packs of LMPC without guilt.
A recent study by Italian scientists of more than 23,000 people shows that eating some pasta is associated with a lower body mass index (BMI) and those who enjoyed their noodles were less likely to be overweight and obese.
"Our results are in agreement with a relatively recent study examining food and nutrient intakes in association with BMI in 1,794 United States middle-aged adults, showing that pasta intake among other food groups is negatively associated with BMI," the researchers wrote.
The analysis, which appeared in Nutrition and Diabetes, gathered data from two groups of people: 14,402 random participants, 35 or older; and 8,964 random participants, 18 or older, from all over the nation.
The team, headed by Dr. Licia Iacoviello of the IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Mediterraneo Neuromed soon discovered that the pasta did not result to unhealthy conditions. Eating pasta helped both men and women stick to a healthy diet.
Those who overate pasta, as expected, did not fare so well.
"Both in women and men, the obese population was older and at lower socioeconomic status, had higher waist and hip circumferences and waist-to-hip ratio, and consumed more pasta (grams per day) than normal or overweight participants," Iacoviello wrote.
The research does not mention of specific amount of noodle consumption that is ideal, but they checked the data from different angles enough to say there's no link between eating pasta and high BMI.
So will it be Sweet and Spicy or Extra Hot Chili for later?