Anyone trying to lose weight is usually warned off the carbs, but Slim Pasta, Slim Noodles and Slim Rice are changing all that. And they won’t just help you lose weight. The manufacturers claim they can even help reduce cholesterol, cutting the risk of heart disease and strokes. The products have proved so popular that retailers have struggled to keep up with demand and stocks have been running out almost as soon as each new batch has hit the shelves. They were also the fastest selling new product last year at the health food chain Holland & Barrett. They are made from Juroat, a secret blend of organic konjac flour and a complex of organic oat fibres. Konjac is not new, it has been consumed in Japan for centuries in noodle shapes. It has a chewy texture and is translucent, whereas Juroat has a close consistency to regular pasta, noodles and rice. Juroat contains glucomannan, which has been approved by the European Food Standards Agency for weight loss. And according to a growing army of health conscious dieters, these foods could be the Holy Grail for achieving weight loss. A single 100g portion of Slim Noodles contains just nine calories, so it is a food that contains fewer calories than you burn up as you eat it. Dieters who eat Slim Pasta, Slim Noodles and Slim Rice sing their praises, saying they have helped them shed pounds while keeping hunger pangs at bay. In Japan, these highly desired Slim Noodles have been known for generations as shirataki, or white waterfall noodles. They are made from the konjac plant, a single leafed red flower with a long spike grown for food throughout Asia. The konjac’s striking appearance gives it its alternative names of devil’s tongue, voodoo lily or snake palm. It is prized for its large starchy tubers, which have been used over centuries to make jelly and flour.The tubers are processed into a product called glucomannan flour,sold as a health supplement powder or used to make noodles. Glucomannan noodles come in 200g packets. They must be boiled for at least three minutes. They look like rice noodles but their texture is more rubbery. Shirataki noodles have been available in specialist health food and Asian shops for the last few years but have only just started to get mainstream publicity. The company behind the products, NAH Foods Ltd, also produces ready meals which contain pasta that has 87 per cent less carbohydrates than traditional pasta. There is as little as 5g of carbohydrates per 100g in Slim Pasta ready meals. All the products are available from Holland & Barrett.