The low down on resistant starch
What is Resistant starch (RS) and why do we go on about it so much at Chufa World?
Well, Resistant starch is a unique type of carbohydrate and fibre that is resistant to digestion (hence the name) and boasts a whole host of health benefits:
- Promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria
- Better nutrient absorption
- Stronger immunity
- Reduced risk of absorbing carcinogens
- Supressed inflammation of the gut
- Better insulin sensitivity
- Feeling fuller when eating foods that are rich in RS
Resistant Starch, acts as a pre-biotic by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria within the gut. Bacteria in the colon break down the Resistant Starch molecules into short chained fatty acids (SCFAs).
Increased levels of SCFAs are associated with improved colonic health. For instance, SCFAs help us to absorb minerals by stimulating blood flow to the colon and inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that cause disease. They also help to prevent the absorption of carcinogenic (cancer-causing) compounds.
Diabetic? Wanting to stay lean and healthy? Resistant Starch stimulates the production of hormones such as GLP-1 which decreases blood sugar levels by elevating insulin secretion and PYY, which helps to reduce appetite. Additionally, as Resistant Starch is not digested, our bodies extract much less energy from it than other carbohydrates meaning foods high in Resistant Starch keeps us fuller for longer, helping us to control our food intake.
Do you suffer from gut-inflammatory conditions? Resistant Starch is beneficial in gut-related inflammatory conditions (such as IBS and colorectal cancer) as it triggers the production of immune cells that supress the body’s inflammatory response, thus reducing harmful inflammation in the gut.
Foods rich in Resistant Starch:
- Horchata de Chufa
- Green bananas
- Raw potato starch