Diabetes patients should cook pasta the day before they plan to eat it, nutritionists have urged.
Cooling pasta overnight, and then reheating it before eating, could turn the starch into resistant starch.
This becomes beneficial fibre for the intestines, and could reduce blood-sugar spikes, it’s been claimed.
Having high blood-sugar increases the risk of life-threatening conditions, the NHS said.
“When starchy foods are cooled, their structure is reorganised and the digestive enzymes in your gut can’t break them down as easily,” said charity Diabetes UK.
“The food now contains more ‘resistant starch’, which is not broken down and essentially becomes fibre.
“A healthy, balanced diet is the best way to maintain a healthy weight and can help people to manage Type 2 diabetes or reduce the risk of developing the condition.
Foods that include resistant starch add to this balance and allow individuals to incorporate more fibre into their diets.
“It is very important to follow food safety guidelines when cooling, storing and reheating foods in order to minimise the risk of potential food poisoning.”
Type 2 diabetes is caused by the body not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body doesn’t react to insulin.
Insulin helps to regulate the amount of sugar in the blood, and uses the glucose for energy.
If sugar stays in the blood, the body doesn’t use it as fuel for energy.
The condition can lead to vision loss or blindness, the NHS said.
You can lower your risk of developing diabetes by eating a healthy, balanced diet.
Maintaining a healthy weight, cutting out cigarettes and drinking alcohol in moderation could all help to prevent diabetes.
Those most at risk of diabetes include the obese, or overweight.
If you think you have diabetes, you should see a GP. The condition can get progressively worse if left undiagnosed.