Resistant Starch: Are You Eating Enough of it? 

Most people eating a typical western diet are not.

If you are a food manufacturer, could your products be improved by adding resistant starch? Definitely!

Not yet adding resistant to your diet? Here is why you should…

What is Resistant Starch?

Simply put, it is a type of starch that resists digestion and travels all the way to through the digestive system to the large intestines or colon.

Once in the colon, resistant starch gets fermented and then becomes food for the good bacteria and other organisms that live in the gut also known as the gut microbiome. This makes the good bacteria thrive and bring you many benefits that include healthy digestion and metabolism, immune system and brain function.

Latest research is revealing more about how the gut-brain axis works. It is generally accepted that the good bacteria in your gut will have a direct impact on your physical health particularly blood sugar regulation but also your mental health including stress and anxiety.

The microbes in your intestines can reach up to ten trillion cells. Scientists agree that you have more microbial cells than human cells and the majority of these are found in the colon. That’s a lot of good guys in your gut that need feeding. 

Are you a company developing a new food or supplement? Or are you just an individual trying to improve your diet?

Either way, resistant starch is definitely worth looking into.

Put off by the word ‘starch’ in resistant starch? Don’t be! This starch is very different

Here is how…

Nutritionally, starch is divided into three groups; Rapidly Digestible Starch (RDS), Slow Digestible Starch (SDS), and Resistant Starch (RS). 

Resistant starch by definition is starch that resists digestion and is therefore not absorbed in the small intestines of healthy individuals. So you will not absorb this starch. You are eating it to feed the good bacteria in your gut. The good bacteria will in turn look after you.

You’ve probably heard about probiotics. Maybe you take them regularly? Many people do and that’s a good thing.

Probiotics are the good bacteria in the gut. Many people are familiar with this term, but have you heard about prebiotics? Yes that is pre with an ‘e’.

What are prebiotics?

Prebiotics refers to the food that the good bacteria in the gut feed on. Therefore the good bacteria (probiotics) need (prebiotics) as a food source to survive and thrive.

To use an example to explain this, imagine a farmer who has the best breed of cows, but unless he feeds those cows a nutritious diet, they will not thrive and their output will be affected in quality and quantity.

Likewise, many people supplement with probiotics but unless they feed them the right food (prebiotics), the full benefits to their gut and overall health may not be realised. Prebiotics are the fuel your microbiome friends need to do their job properly.

Resistant starch is a prebiotic fibre. 

So where can you find resistant starch?

Well, thankfully it exists in many whole foods including  green unripe bananas, raw potatoes and beans. Some cooked and cooled starches contain some small amounts of resistant starch.

But the easiest way to up your consumption of resistant starch is to supplement it to your diet. Green unripe bananas have some of the highest levels of resistant starch. However this resistant starch is completely lost once the banana ripens.

You have to eat the banana before it ripens. Yet is not so easy to eat a green unripe banana.

That is why it is easier to add green banana flour to your diet either by adding the powder in a smoothie or drink or for manufactures to add it during manufacturing of sports and nutrition products and other health foods.

Our Banana Health green banana flour is pure and natural, made simply by peeling, drying and grinding green unripe bananas. 

The flour has an earthy taste and therefore when you add it to your food it will not affect the taste or texture of the food or drink. Banana flour is also natural gluten-free, sugar-free, fat-free and contains no preservatives or additives. It is 100% green banana flour.