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Unread 06-06-2011, 04:16 AM
alfidog alfidog is offline
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Default Any facts behind resistant starch?

Apparently the latest diet:
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Unread 06-06-2011, 06:18 AM
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Seems like a classic high carb low fat diet. Key issues are taking fat too low causing physiological and psychological issues, and insufficient protein, + not considering calories. As long as you enjoy the taste of high carb low fat foods, and don't get crazy blood sugar swings from it then there's really no issue.

A reduced calorie diet with enough lean protein and efas can easily be set-up to allow for some starches, if you find compliance is better with those sort of macros compared to say keto, balanced or cyclical diets. Some people think certain foods/macros make you fat, but only a caloric surplus will do that.
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Unread 06-06-2011, 06:53 AM
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Japans Banana Diet is based on the benefits of resistant starch. Think they ran out of bananas for a while as it was so popular.

It's really just the "Eat More Filling Food Diet", as more non or partial soluble material will keep that full feeling longer so you "should" eat less. (and that's is the long term key - over time eating less).
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Unread 06-06-2011, 11:08 AM
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Default Resistant Starch

Resistant starch actually has a lot of science supporting it. You can find a lot of it at Over the past 20 years, about 350 studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals around the world.

This is definately not a typical high carb, low fat diet. There is something about resistant starch (which resists digestion in the small intestine and reaches the large intestine) that triggers metabolism shifts. Denise Robertson and her team at the University of Surrey have shown that adding a natural resistant starch (called Hi-maize) on top of a normal diet improved insulin sensitivity in healthy people, and in insulin resistant people. Other people have shown improved insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetics as well.

Researchers at Louisiana State University are showing that the fermentation of resistant starch turns on genes in the large intestine that make satiety hormones - these hormones tell your brain you're full so you're not hungry. Their animals have appx 50% less body fat than animals fed high glycemic cornstarch.

Four recent clinical studies have shown that people eat less and are less hungry not only 2-3 hours after eating natural resistant starch (compared to other fibers) but also the next day.

Denise Robertson has also shown that people who eat resistant starch at breakfast and at lunch ate 10% fewer calories without being hungry over 24 hours.

One brand new study published on Friday (Molecular Nutrition & Food Research) showed that pregnant diabetic rats fed natural resistant starch had offspring with improved glycemic (blood sugar) control and normal growth rates (as opposed to overweight).

Other types of fiber don't have these benefits - there is something about resistant starch that helps with some of the underlying mechanisms behind weight control and blood sugar management. Researchers don't understand all of the mechanisms or how it happens. The data is coming from a lot of respected researchers and is being published in top quality journals. There really is something about resistant starch that helps with weight and blood sugar.
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