“There is no ling between the pasta diet and obesity”. Guess who is saying that? Italian researches of course. Their results are presented in latest issue of The Nature.
They reached that conclusion after examining the eating habits of 23,000 Italians. Their findings, released today in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes, found no correlation between the amount of pasta consumed and the waist size or Body Mass Index of the study subjects.
The researchers wanted to take a closer look at pasta because while many studies have touted the health benefits of the so-called ‘Mediterranean Diet,” which emphasizes fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, and plant-based oils, the role of pasta in that beneficial effect wasn’t clear. Is the diet healthful because it includes pasta…or despite it?
“We’re talking about a fundamental component of Italian Mediterranean tradition, and there is no reason to do without it,” said one of the study’s authors, Licia Iacoviello.
But might there be some caveats within the study’s fine print?