(NaturalHealth365) We know that constipation and obesity are linked to a fiberless junk food diet, but little is know about resistant starch – the natural solution to this epidemic. Fiber is one of the beneficial properties of whole foods and scientists are taking a whole new look at its health altering ability to lower cholesterol, control hunger, eliminate toxins, and control sugar levels.
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Resistant starch is a component of dietary fiber that resists digestion in the small intestine and passes straight through to the bowel; it’s this failure to be digested that makes resistant starch so helpful. It works by filling up space in your digestive track, increasing satiety and diminishing your hunger.
When resistant starch reaches the colon, it used for fuel by the bacteria there and this process is called fermentation. Butyrate – one of the enzymes produced by this process – is believed to help prevent colon cancer, balance the pH in the intestines, and help demolish free radicals.
Eating right for cancer prevention and more
Just like other fermented fiber, resistant starch ups mineral absorption and this is especial true of calcium and magnesium, which protects us from developing cancer. Resistant starch improves insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, offering protection from cardiovascular disease. The (health) risk reduction is seen not only in people with known chronic conditions, but in those who are apparently healthy.
Dr. Trevor Lockett, a colorectal cancer researcher in Australia, which has one of the highest incidences of bowel cancer in the world has said that studies suggest increasing the amount of resistant starch in our diet would be a step to reduce the incidence of bowel cancer. It takes about 15 years of the first bowel-cancer initiating DNA damage to become a full-blown bowel cancer, the earlier we improve the diet the better.
Close the door to toxic overload
Whole food nutrition protects the body from harmful and dangerous toxins, which can enter the body through permeated intestines, which happen when the bad bacteria take over and crowd out the beneficial ones. Gut dysbiosis can cause these diverse conditions: fatigue, loss of muscle tone, and allergic reactions.
A poor diet causes immune system problems, which ultimately leads to mitochondrial dysfunction. This is where the body’s energy production is compromised on a cellular level. Health is a simple equation: better fuel (from our diet) creates better health. What resistant starch does is protects the body from harmful and dangerous toxins that can enter the body through the intestines.
Intelligent food choices for intelligent people
Since resistant starch is associated with lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, promoting “good” bacteria and suppressing “bad” bacteria, and promoting bowel regularity – it is obvious that we need to eat foods rich in resistant starch.
So, if you care about your health, start eating organic (non-GMO) bananas, corn, potatoes, yams, pearl barley, navy beans, oatmeal, lentils and brown rice. Navy beans have the highest amount per half cup – followed by bananas as the second highest, yams and potatoes are next on this list. Most whole foods in the grain and bean category will provide this indispensable fiber.
About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.