If you've been shunning your beloved bowl of pasta because you think it's making you fat, this will be the best news you've heard all day.
Eating pasta can actually decrease your chance of becoming obese, an Italian study has revealed.
The study surveyed over 23 000 people and found pasta consumption did not correlate with weight gain.
Published in the Nutrition and Diabetes journal, the study says that eating pasta is associated with weight management because it is traditionally part of the healthy Mediterranean diet.
"By analysing 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," co-author of the report explained.
"Our data shows that enjoying pasta according to individuals' needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio."
As much as we'd love to eat pasta all day every day, it is best consumed as part of a healthy diet, like the Mediterranean, which is high in good fats like fish and olive oil and lots of vegetables.