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FYI: Resistant Starch

Resistant Starch Composition


Resistant starch (RS), also known as anti-enzymatic starch or indigestible starch, cannot be decomposed by enzymes in the small intestine. Although resistant starch's chemical structure is different from fiber, its properties are similar to soluble fibers. Green bananas are high in resistant starch level which acts like fiber during digestion.

Because resistant starch is not digested or absorbed in the small intestine, it does not affect blood glucose levels. Gut health is improved as RS fermentation in the large intestine leads to more good bacteria and less bad bacteria in the gut. Healthy gut bacteria can improve glycemic control so RS is very suitable for diabetes. Other benefits of RS include increased feeling of fullness, treatment and prevention of constipation, decrease in Cholesterol, triglyceride and further lower risk of obesity, diabetes and rectal and colon cancer.


Source: British Nutrition Foundation

Resistant Starch Content Indication

Source: British Nutrition Foundation



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