Are Reheated Carbs A Route To Fat Loss?


You may have come across a recent article in the news that asks the question ‘Is reheated pasta less fattening?’, and consequently you may be considering how on earth this could ever be the case. Pasta has no fat in it, it is a starchy carb irrespective of how it’s cooked, and it can’t be ‘less fattening’ because it has cooled once right? Well, when I first saw this title I had already thought of a few mechanisms by which this ‘less fattening’ theory might work…first in mind was the ‘stubborn starch’ theory.

Stubborn starch is another name for resistant starch and it refers to the chemical changes that occur in starchy carbohydrates structure as a result of heating, cooling and reheating. This reheating process causes the chemical bonds to change which makes them much harder for the digestive system to breakdown and use. This change causes the starch to be somewhat resistant to the enzymes ordinarily responsible for breaking them down, consequently they act similarly to fibre. Fibre, as many of you will know is key to fat loss because 1.) it increases the transit rate of fat through the bowel meaning you excrete more fat/ calories than usual, and 2.) it encourages satiety meaning you feel fuller than without fibre.

So there you have it, it seems that reheated pasta, or carbs in general could actually be less ‘fattening’ than regular pasta.

Reheating pasta


BBC News Magazine, (2014). Is reheated pasta less fattening? Retrieved 21st October, 2014, from

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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