It’s a good day for those who love a good Italian meal: pasta-eating is associated with a leaner physique. In an Italian study (of course!), researchers looked at over 20,000 people and asked them about their diet habits. Those who reported eating more pasta also stuck more strictly to a Mediterranean diet, weighed less and had smaller waist and hip circumferences. (One caveat is that recalling what you eat on a daily basis isn’t always accurate, something the authors acknowledge, so more research is needed.) Still, they point to a previous study that showed that a diet filled with carbs and veggies can reduce your risk of obesity and belly fat, and to another that linked pasta to a lower BMI, too.