Don’t Resist All Carbs

In recent years, carbohydrates have gotten a bad reputation. But not all carbs are created equal. Case in point: resistant starch, which, like dietary fibers, are not fully broken down in the small intestine, make their way to the large intestine where they provide various health benefits. New research points to resistant starch as being beneficial for managing diabetes and suggests that further research may find that it promotes gut health. While claims that resistant starch is the new “weight loss wonder food” may be an overstatement, it does have many attributes that could promote weight loss. Cooked legumes, peas, and cooked and cooled starchy foods (think potatoes) are high in resistant starch.

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