COULD EATING COLD POTATOES HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?

picture of a sweet potato

Have you been following a low-carb diet or cutting down on your starches to help you lose weight?  Well, if you’ve been missing them, I’ve got some pretty great news for you! When starches are cooked and then cooled, the starch is converted into something called resistant starch.

 

WHAT IS RESISTANT STARCH AND WHY IS IT GOOD FOR YOU?

Resistant starch is a type of prebiotic that helps feed the good bugs in your gut.  These prebiotics can’t be digested in the stomach or small intestine, and so they get to your colon intact and feed many of the good bugs that are hanging out there (which is why it’s also important to take & eat probiotics, so you have the good bugs to begin with).

Because these starches are indigestible and not metabolized by your body, you don’t get the same blood sugar spike and you absorb fewer calories from them, contributing to weight loss and decreased fat storage (yes, please!).  

Some other powerful health benefits of resistant starch include:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Improved digestion & gut health (hello improved mood, brain function, and longevity!)
  • Lowered risk of colon cancer
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Improved insulin sensitivity
  • Improved sleep, when eaten at night

 

WHAT FOODS (THAT I RECOMMEND) ARE HIGH IN RESISTANT STARCH?

picture of a sweet potato

Sweet Potato

HOW CAN YOU BUILD THIS INTO YOUR DIET?

 

Thoughts?  Questions?  Comments?  Let me know below!

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  1. […] sauerkraut, coconut yogurt/kefir) and prebiotic foods (dandelion greens, raw jicama, green bananas, cooked then cooled starches, raw asparagus) to keep that gut healthy and populated with as many good bugs as possible.  I have […]

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