What Is Resistant Starch? Is It Good For Health?

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What is resistant starch? It is a type of starch which doesn't get absorbed. But the bacteria in the intestines convert it into short-chain fatty-acids.

So, basically resistant starch is resistant to digestion. But bacteria in the intestines ferment it. So, there are some health benefits due to it.

If you choose unprocessed carbs from whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits, you can benefit from resistant starch. What is starch made up of? Well, it is made of amylose. Read on to know more...

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What are the foods to eat to get enough resistant starch? Well, beans, whole grains, bananas and other starchy vegetables. But remember this: when you heat up starchy foods, the resistant starch gets reduced in it.

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How much to eat? Though it is good for your health, don't consume more than 40 grams of resistant starch a day. Anything more than that will give a bloated feeling and may also cause diarrhea.

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Firstly, resistant starch makes you feel full. It releases hormones which will make you feel satiated and eat less.

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Foods rich in resistant starch help in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood. Your body produces less number of new fat cells and will also be able to use fat for energy.

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As resistant starch doesn't convert into blood sugar, such foods are good to keep your blood sugar levels stable.

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Resistant starch is also good for your digestive system. Problems like indigestion, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome can be prevented.

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Foods rich in resistant starch also enhance immunity, and also carry fewer calories per gram. Also, as resistant starch feeds good bacteria in your intestines, it is important to include it in your diet.

Read more about: starch, vegetables, fruits, digestion, health
Story first published: Friday, February 17, 2017, 16:02 [IST]
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