Staples of Italian cuisine, pasta dishes are favored by most of us due to their comforting and mind calming effect, their affordability and the variety of innovative ways to prepare them fast.
Most health and weight conscious people however, try to stay away from pastas due to their high glycemic index and gluten content with increasing number of people developing some kind of recognizable gluten sensitivity nowadays.
Surprisingly however, according to some of the latest research, pasta diet is actually good for you.
The IRCCS (Istituo Neurologico Mediterraneo Neuromed) analyzed more than 23 thousand people from different Italian regions. Their result established, (though hard to believe), that eating pasta on the regular basis is actually good for you. Men and women alike who enjoyed pasta as part of a regular Mediterranean diet with fresh vegetables like tomatoes and onions, legumes, seafood, and olive oil, had a lower body mass index, smaller waist circumference, and lower waist-to-hip ratio.
According to the research team: “Our analysis of data from two different Mediterranean populations supports that pasta intake is negatively associated with both indexes of obesity status and prevalence of overweight and obesity.”
So with that in mind you might be interested in learning the secrets of Italian cooking on customized cooking tours offered year round in Sicily or other parts of Italy.