Pasta is not only alright, it might even aid with weight loss, according to a study from the IRCCS Neurological Institute in Pozzilli, Italy. Dietary intakes from 14,402 people age 35-years-old and older and another 8,964 people aged 18-years-old and older were compared to weight, height, waist, and hip measurements. Results showed that higher pasta intake was associated with a better adherence to the Mediterranean diet in both men and women. It also was linked to lower chances of general and abdominal obesity. However, large portions of pasta as the participants aged were associated with increased weight gain.
In Perspective: This study shows that it is not pasta that causes weight gain, but the size of the portion of that pasta. As with all foods, portion size is the determining factor.
Pounis G, Castelnuovo A, Costanzo S, et al: Association of pasta consumption with body mass index and waist-to-hip ratio. Nutrition & Diabetes 2016;July 4th.