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People Who Eat Pasta Have Better Diets, According to Study

Pasta for dinner, anyone?
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Carbs have always gotten a bad rap, but science thinks otherwise if this new study is to be believed. Nutritional Strategies, Inc. has conducted a study on behalf of the National Pasta Association (yup, it's real), and it's found out that people who eat pasta have better diets than those who don't.

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Just how much better? Well, pasta-eaters were seen to have better overall quality diets as it has more nutrients such as folate, iron, magnesium, and dietary fiber.

"Pasta can be an effective building block for good nutrition throughout the lifecycle, as it serves as a perfect delivery system for fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish and legumes," explains registered dietitian Diane Welland, Director of Nutrition Communications for the National Pasta Association.

We're not all equal, though.

The study shows pasta is beneficial for adult women as it is associated with lower body weight and waist circumference.

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Now, this isn't the first time a study has praised pasta, or rather, high-carb diets. After tracking 15,000 adults, researchers found those who ate a moderate number of carbs—meaning they got 50 to 55 percent of their energy from carbohydrates—had the lowest risk of mortality.

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We always knew having copious amounts of pasta had its benefits. Looking for an easy recipe? Check out chef Adrian Cuenca's recipe for creamy carbonara here.

More: A Low-Carb Diet Could Cut 4 Years Off Your Life, So Just Eat the Damn Pasta

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Paolo Chua
Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor of Esquire Philippines.
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