Resistant starch may protect against bowel cancer

Resistant starch may protect against bowel cancer

Recent research has confirmed that resistant starch, found in foods such as beans, pulses, peas, basmati rice, oats and green banana has even more health benefits than originally believed. 

Resistant starch is not absorbed by the body. In the past it has been investigated for its effects on bowel health, blood sugar balance, insulin sensitivity and more.

Now research published in Gastroenterology Journal highlights resistant starch’s relevance as a potential treatment and/or preventative tool for diseases such as bowel cancer and diabetes.

The research says that the starch appears to lower inflammation and help create optimal bowel health. It even goes on to say that its effects on the whole body may also be important for the treatment of other types of cancer, including breast cancer.

Resistant starch foods should, according to the researchers, be eaten at room temperature or below. Heating it destroys the health benefits. So when potatoes are cooked and then left to cool the starch that is formed by the cooling process becomes resistant to digestion.

So, if you want to eat potatoes it’s far better to eat them cold in a potato salad (with protein of course) and the same goes for white rice (as in sushi) or pasta (as a cold pasta salad).

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