We’ve always been led to believe that when it comes to getting in shape, ditching the spag bol is one of the first things you need to do. Y’know, the whole ‘carbs are bad for you’ shiz?
Well, turns out we’ve been LIVING A LIE. Science says you can bring back pasta to your food friendzone coz there is NO link between pasta and weight gain. Zip. Nada. Nein. In fact, a recent study, published in the Nutrition & Diabetes Journal, found pasta can actually make you slimmer.
The study, carried out by researchers at the Neuromed Institution in Pozzilli, Italy (as pasta is obvs an issue close to the nation’s heart over there), examined the dietary habits and BMIs of 23,000 people from two different areas of Italy and had some ~glorious~ findings.
One of the main researchers, George Pounis said, "By analysing anthropometric data of the participants and their eating habits we have seen that consumption of pasta, contrary to what many think, is not associated with an increase in body weight, rather the opposite."
Yup, those participants who consumed pasta on the reg (albeit with moderation) actually had a "lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio," than those who didn’t.
Woop and yay!
"Our data shows that enjoying pasta according to individuals' needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio."
Granted, while we heard them mention something about portion control we still really need to celebrate this momentous discovery in some way. Excuse us while we…
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.au