What is Resistant starch? Resistant Starch (RS) is a starch that is characterized by its inability to be digested or absorbed within the upper digestive tract. Passing through the stomach unchanged by digestive enzymes, it is fermented by bacteria in the large intestines and colon. Because of this, it is considered a prebiotic, in that it feeds beneficial colonic bacteria. 70% of our immune cells reside in the gut and resistant starch promotes health gut flora populations.
RS is known to produce more satiety, or the feeling of satisfaction from food, so that you can satisfy your body with less food intake, and new research suggests that resistant starch can improve insulin sensitivity in diabetics as well as lowering blood sugar levels after meals.
Studies recommend consuming 20 grams of this antinflammatory per day to aid you with risk factors for colon cancer, digestion, sleep, and weight loss. RS is also associated with an increased production of a fatty acid called butyrate that protects colon cells , so consuming resistant starch both feeds the friendly bacteria and indirectly feeds the cells in the colon by increasing the amount of butyrate.
Get Resistant Starch into Your PaleoVegan Diet
While several foods have resistant starch, PaleoVegan sources include raw potatoes, potato starch, green bananas, plantains, cashews, and almonds. One of our favorite sources which we highly recommend is Banana Flour from WEDO Gluten Free because of the ease in which it can be incorporated into baked goods, smoothies, and as a flour. WEDO Gluten Free is also a “socially motivated company that is dedicated to feeding the hungry. With our BUY ONE-Feed ONE program, every time you purchase one WEDO Gluten Free product, you provide a meal for one hungry child in need via the World Food Program USA.”
And that’s something we can get behind! So however you choose to get it, be it PaleoVegan or otherwise, be sure to incorporate RS into your diet for health and longevity!