By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC, and Maria Cummings
What is resistant starch? Resistant starch (RS for short) is a type of starch that “resists” digestion in the stomach and the intestines. The undigested starch begins a fermentation. This is where the magic happens because bacteria attaches and digests the starch for us. The resistant starch invites all the “good” bacteria to feast so that they can benefit from nutrients and put a halt to bad bacteria taking over the gut and causing all kinds of nasty problems.
How does resistant starch help the gut? When the good bacteria feast on the resistant starch, they produce several types of fatty chain acids; butyrate is one of them. Butyrate supports and heals the gut’s lining, colon, and overall health. Butyrate also decreases inflammation, increases metabolism, and improves stress resistance. You can easily get resistant starch by eating a cooked then cooled potato, legumes, and parboiled rice. Try to think potato salad, rice salad, and bean dips. The trick is that these types of resistant starches need to be cold. You can also purchase resistant starch powders and add them in plain water or to a smoothie. Not only are resistant starches great for the gut, but there is a bonus…remember when I said that butyrate increase the metabolism? Well, resistant starches have also been used for weight loss too- woot-woot!
Now you know why resistant starch is essential for your gut health. Therefore you may want to give it a try but do it sl-ow-ly, or you could end up with gas.
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