“In popular views, pasta is often considered not adequate when you want to lose weight. And some people completely ban it from their meals. In light of this research, we can say that this is not a correct attitude,” Dr Licia Iacoviello, head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology at Neuromed Institute, says in a press release.
“We're talking about a fundamental component of Italian Mediterranean tradition, and there is no reason to do without it," she says. "The Mediterranean diet, consumed in moderation and respecting the variety of all its elements, is good for your health.”
The key word to emphasize here is “moderation.” Your BMI, and the number on your bathroom scale, will likely go up if you start treating yourself to a large bowl of fettuccini alfredo every night. But eating a small-sized pasta dish rich in veggies and olive oil every now and then? That’s not going to destroy your weight-loss efforts. So stop feeling guilty about all that pasta salad you have been eating all winter, ya hear?
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