(CNN) – Love that linguine? Well listen up. Noodles aren’t necessarily on the no-no list anymore. Twirl away pasta as part of your diet is actually good for you.
In fact, nothing on noodles leads to a lower body mass index or BMI, and those that eat noodles are less likely to be overweight or obese.
That’s according to a new Italian study published in nutrition and diabetes. 23-thousand people aged 18 and older participated in the research.
Contrary to curbing carbs, pairing pasta with vegetables, olive oil, fish and lean poultry can help people stick to a healthy eating regime.
It’s all part of the Mediterranean diet. Which might lower the risk of heart attack and slow down brain aging.
Just one cup of whole wheat noodles is packed with the necessary iron, b vitamins, protein, and fiber that healthy bodies need.
Of course portion control is important. Researchers did not specify how much pasta is ideal. The study did show a positive correlation between obesity and grams consumed per day.
So as usual, moderation is key but feel free to lose the guilty conscience next time you dive into this classic Italian favorite.