Carb lovers rejoiced when a new study out of Italy found that pasta wasn’t really the fat-causing dish it’s been vilified as for years.
The study, published in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes this week, claims pasta does not contribute to obesity and is associated with a lower body mass index.
Tacked onto the bottom of the news release promoting the findings was a more sobering note: Barilla, the Italian pasta maker with a definite interest in people eating more spaghetti, partially financed the research.
For their part, the study authors noted that Barilla had “no role in study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data,” and added several caveats to the claim that pasta doesn’t make you fat. Barilla has been contacted for comment.