Nutrition: Do warmed up noodles have less calories?

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As the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) explains, noodles or potatoes from the previous day have fewer calories than freshly cooked ones. But that is not enough. They also promote an intact intestinal flora and have a positive effect on the blood sugar level.

When delicious pasta dishes are prepared, it happens from time to time that something is left over. But this is no problem, the food can be reheated the next day without hesitation. This even has health benefits. Because warmed up noodles have fewer calories.

Noodles, potatoes or rice “from the day before” have fewer calories than when freshly cooked, but the calorie savings are limited, explains the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern consumer center on its website. Nevertheless there are health benefits.

Resistant starch

It was long assumed that starch is completely broken down in the small intestine. However, it is now known that a small part passes through the small intestine undigested. This starch, which is called resistant starch, is one of the dietary fibers. It is processed only in the large intestine – similarly as other ballast materials – by the large intestine bacteria.

According to the consumer advice center, resistant starch is mainly contained in raw carbohydrate-rich food, such as raw potatoes or green bananas, but also in bread with many whole grains and legumes. It is also produced when heated, starchy foods such as pasta and potatoes are cooled.

According to experts, the calorie content of resistant starch is actually only about half as high as that of usable carbohydrates with an average of four kilocalories per gram. However, only a small part of the starch it contains is converted into resistant starch, not all of it.

As the TK explains, the indigestible starch in the colon makes itself once again really useful. Because while it is diminished in the large intestine, according to the health insurance company among other things the fatty acid butyrate, a compound of the Buttersäure, develops. According to the information it is the most important energy source for the cells in the mucous membrane of the large intestine. Sufficient amounts of butyrate prevent inflammation and promote a healthy intestinal flora. In addition, the butyrate is said to level blood sugar peaks and thus have a regulating effect on blood sugar.

Finally the consumer center has still another hint: Whole grain noodles contain more ballast materials than “normal noodles”. Dietary fibers make you full and stimulate digestion and they have no calories. (ad)

However, too much indigestible starch can lead to health problems such as abdominal pain, flatulence, constipation or even diarrhea. This happens especially with people who have previously been on a very low-fiber diet. The intake should therefore be increased slowly. This applies to dietary fibres of all kinds.

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