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Why You Should Eat Pasta Like an Italian

Convinced that pasta will make you fat? If so, you might be surprised to hear that people in Italy eat pasta nearly every day yet have some of the lowest rates of obesity in the world. In fact, Italians enjoy more than three times the amount of pasta we consume in the U.S., while remaining significantly svelter than we are.

What’s more, a study published in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes found that Italians who ate a traditional Mediterranean diet (largely plant-based with pasta, produce, fish, whole grains and healthy oils) were thinner and had smaller waistlines than those who didn’t follow the traditional eating pattern of the region.

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