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Resistant starch can control hunger and weight

"Resistant Startch" Carbohydrates
"Resistant Startch" Carbohydrates

"Resistant Starch", a kind of dietary fiber, is the new weight loss powerhouse reigning in this New Year. If you are thinking about eliminating carbohydrates in a desperate attempt to make that old ange sine dieting resolution, you're not doing yourself any favors. A Swedish study made a breakthrough discovery finding that people who ate bread in high resistant starch (like barley) , including Hi-maize  a natural resistant starch, at dinner felt much less hungry than those with plain white bread. Amazingly the hunger-quenching effect lasted past breakfast the next day. Now that's a helpful New Year's hangover!

Hi-maize, which is from high-amylose corn, has been published in more than 70 human clinical studies to support weight management, energy management, glycemic management and digestive health, said Rhonda Witwer, senior business development manager, nutrition, at National Starch Food Innovation.  Hi-maize is a natural product  used as an ingredient found in many supermarket foods such as cereal, bread and pastas. 

Resistant starch is also found in beans, slightly green bananas, and potatoes (white and sweet), among other foods that "resist" from being digested. Since the starch does not enter your bloodstream, it stabilizes blood sugar levels (suppressing your appetite) and may lower diabetes risk. It also boosts healthy bacteria that protect the immune system.

Load up your diet with these indigestible carbohydrates, also found in brown rice and corn, says Leslie Bronci ,RD, the author of American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion. The starch becomes resistant during cooling so try serving these foods at room temperature or from the fridge-try a three bean or potato salad (with low fat mayo).


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