If you’ve spent years snubbing pasta on account of your waistline, now might be the time to forgive and forget as new studies show the Italian favourite may not be as ‘fattening’ as first presumed.

If you were compiling a list of the best weight-loss foods to add to your diet, you’d be forgiven for omitting pasta. We’re forever being told that in order to shed pounds, we need to be cutting right back on complex carbohydrates. However, a new study from Italy (where else!) has suggested that pasta is not fattening and could actually help to reduce the likelihood of obesity.