Study: Eating pasta has health benefits

Pasta eating linked with lower BMI

This Jan. 11, 2016 photo shows an easy weeknight pasta dinner made with shredded chicken in Concord, NH. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — You may want to think about adding pasta to your diet.

Researchers in Italy discovered those who enjoyed noodles were less likely to be overweight or obese, according to a report from CNN.

Americans typically see pasta as what are called “empty calorie” carbs.

Italians, however, use pasta as the base of their food pyramid. In fact, a cup of regular pasta provides 6.7 grams of protein, along with small amounts of calcium and potassium.

Researchers did not say however how much pasta makes the ideal meal.

They looked at 23,000 people to reach their conclusion.

CNN contributed to this report. KRON is a KOIN media affiliate. 

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