After years of carbs being demonized as "bad for you" (I see you, South Beach), we finally have a study that confirms all your greatest dreams at once — inhaling a spaghetti bolognese isn't committing "carbicide." In fact, it has a place in a healthy and balanced diet.
A study published in the Nutrition & Diabetes journal has found that pasta may actually be better for your waistline, rather than making you put on weight. Although it's worth noting that this study was carried out by researchers at the Neuromed Institute in Pozzilli, Italy — and Italians are the kings of pasta.
The study of dietary habits and BMIs of more than 23,000 people from two different areas in Italy found no link between eating pasta and gaining weight — and those that consumed it regularly but in moderation had a "lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio."
George Pounis, who co-authored the report said, "By analyzing 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."
He went on to say, "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."
But before you go buying a microwave carbonara every day for lunch with a side of garlic bread (I mean, you can, but don't blame me for your afternoon slump), the key to pasta being healthy is when it's consumed as part of a healthy Mediterranean diet, which is heavy in healthy fats like olive oil, vegetables, and fish.
So all in all, eat the carbs — just in moderation. It sounds blindingly obvious, but this news is welcome in a world of faddy diets.