Unfairly Demonised. That’s Right.


1980’s: Replace butter with margarine. Overturned.

1990’s: Eliminate salt. Debunked.

2000’s: Eliminate/reduce carbs.

And today, the big news:

  • Eating pasta is not fattening and actually decreases the chances of becoming obese”
  • “A new survey of more than 23,000 people, however, has linked pasta consumption to both lower body mass and waist-to-hip ratio.”
  • “…also found that the correlation between pasta intake and lower obesity rates occurred independently of overall diet”
  • “evidence that carbohydrates have been “unfairly demonised”.”=
  • “the current trend of people cutting out pasta from their diets in an effort to lose weight was unjustified”
  • “a fundamental component of Italian Mediterranean tradition, and there is no reason to do without it”
  • results clearly show that it is wrong to demonise carbohydrates as the data clearly show that consumption of a carbohydrate-rich food such as pasta does not have an adverse effect on body weight.

Read more at The Telegraph: Eating pasta helps you lose weight, says Italian study

Moral of the story:

1) Wait long enough and it all comes home.

2) Back up the Pasta Truck.

3) Next up: Ice Cream.

Notes: (1) Thank you Rich for sharing the research.  (2) Photo: Credit


  1. I came to the conclusion long ago that ice cream is good for you. 🙂

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  2. That photo…I’ve been known to walk long distances for a good mac ‘n cheese. ☺

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  3. “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.”
    Sophia Loren
    No scientific research needed.

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  4. i’m going to have to noodle on this post for awhile…

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  5. I lost weight in Italy! Go figure. I ate all the pasta and bread I wanted. However, we did a lot of walking everyday. No-one goes to the gym either! Even the old Nona’s are just walking up the big hills burning off the pasta and gelato! We can’t just eat…gotta exercise too….. Perfecto!

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  6. Jordan Richardson says:

    Maybe there’s something to that “everything in moderation” notion after all.

    Good thoughts, David. 🙂

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  7. Yay!!!!

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  8. I’m doing the happy dance!

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  9. Ah yeah! Especially the ice cream! :0))

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  10. Thank god! Now if chips ‘n dip would just get a positive nod !

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  11. Use pasta as a side dish as you eat your olive and avacado salad. Got it.

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  12. make it from scratch and we can’t go too far wrong….. where did I put that Ice cream maker?

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  13. I’ve given up food-food for the good stuff already on the no-no list: cakes, sweets, biscuits, etc. All the desserts everyone else have given up are now all mine…and in such overwhelming abundance. Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? Yes. Me, too.

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  14. I love pasta and as a big cyclist, I have consumed more than my fair share over the years. Even though I am cycling less these days, I still put away a lot of spaghetti bolognese or carbonara or amatriciana. The key for most diets – and yes, I recognize that some people have special requirements – is to eat good food in moderation and exercise regularly. If you do that, the occasional treat (fast food, chips, chocolate, beer, etc.) will not be a problem at all.

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  15. And chocolate has been brought back into the fold as well. I eat that regularly–it’s why my heart is so strong and healthy! An apple a day…harrumph. 😉

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  16. Reminds me of Woody Allen’s ‘Sleeper’ – the discovery that all things thought to be bad for us, we’re good…and the VW bug was the only car to last through centuries of never being started.

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  17. Too good to be true. Wondering how they got so many Italians to do the research … Mafia conspiracy perhaps ?

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  18. Hmm cant help but think the study is a direct result to the gluten free and pasta free trend. Sales going down? Why not concoct a study – every lobby for large food producers does the same.
    But the meditteranean diet is supposedly one of the healthiest in the world, not sure how much pasta is involved.

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  19. “Back up the Pasta Truck” made me snort coffee.
    The fact is NO ONE understands weight gain/weight loss. My motto these days is Do what makes your body feel good, and forgive yourself when you don’t.

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  20. I’m gonna have pasta more often than aye :))

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  21. In the Pursuit of Happiness says:

    I could never live without pasta anyway!

    Please check out my blog too! https://inthepursuitofhappiness.co

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  22. Eating pasta is not fattening and actually decreases the chances of becoming obese, a new Italian study has found.

    For centuries Mediterranean diets have enjoyed a healthy reputation, but in recent years more and more people have been shunning pasta, believing it to be fattening.

    A new survey of more than 23,000 people, however, has linked pasta consumption to both lower body mass and waist-to-hip ratio.

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