We all know that the health industry is riddled with contradiction; it's nearly impossible to stay on top of what's healthy and what's not. And it appears that gut health doctor Vincent Pedre, MD, is flipping the script on us once again. The one food he recommends daily for optimal gut health? Resistant starch.
But we're not talking about the inflammatory simple starches like bread, pasta, rice, or potatoes; the key here is the word "resistant." It works as a kind of soluble fiber and has a myriad of health benefits. "As a medical doctor who specializes in gut health, I've long valued the roles prebiotics and probiotics play in creating a happy gut and vibrant overall health," he writes on Mindbodygreen. "However, recently I've tuned into the many benefits of resistant starch (RS), a prebiotic fiber that isn't digested or absorbed in your small intestine."
In other words, RS resists digestion, heads straight to your colon, feeds the good bacteria in your gut, and is broken down into short-chain fatty acids. "Beyond optimizing gut flora and lowering inflammation, RS can reduce insulin resistance, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, make you feel full faster, and reduce overeating and fat storage," he adds.
What's more, it's inexpensive and easy to incorporate into your eating routine. He recommends sprinkling Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Unmodified Potato Starch ($8) into your breakfast smoothie, using it as a thickener in stews and soups, or even just stirring it into water. "But before you rush out to buy RS, take note that more is definitely not better," he cautions. "Too much too soon will create miserable bloating, discomfort, and abdominal pain."
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