No problem with pasta

Forget the bad rap—it’s a nutritious staple

You’ve probably heard that eating pasta makes you fat, but data shows that you can enjoy the Italian staple and stay trim. A 2016 study published in Nutrition and Diabetes tied eating pasta to a lower body mass index, or BMI. Here are a few reasons why:

Pasta is rich in nutrients. It’s an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, as well as iron, folic acid and other B vitamins. According to the USDA, complex carbs should provide somewhere between 45 percent and 65 percent of your daily calories.

Pasta is low in calories. One cup of cooked pasta contains just 200 calories and will help you feel full if you’re trying to lose weight.

Pasta gives you energy. When your body breaks down complex carbs into glucose, that provides a slow and steady release of fuel for your brain and muscles.