"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," said George Pounis, lead author of the study, in the release. "Our data show that enjoying pasta according to individuals' needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio."
The research is based on the diets of 23,000 Italian adults, and could ultimately bolster what the study describes as the "fundamental" role pasta plays in Italian and Mediterranean diets, which are often rich with foods like fish, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and olive oil, according to a report by the Independent. Of course, the study's authors emphasize that the key with pasta, like everything else you eat, is eating it in moderation. But don't be fusilli (sorry), they're probably not referring to heaping plates of spaghetti doused in sauce and loaded with giant meatballs.