Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Deconstructing Franny: Super-Carbs Speed Metabolism

There are "resistant starches" that help prevent the foods that contain it from being stored as fat. They quoted David Feder, R.D. (author of The Skinny Carbs Diet) "Most starches are broken down into glucose and released into the bloodstream in the small intestine. But digestive enzymes can't break up resistant starch molecules, so they're not converted into sugar." The article went on to state that because digestive enzymes can't break down resistant starch, the body absorbs up to 50% fewer calories from foods that contain it. Resistant starch also helps move fat molecules through the digestive tract more quickly

Upon researching the topic further I found a blogpost by Mary Lee Chin MS, RD that in regards to Weight "Resistant starch has shown that it can increase your body’s ability to burn fat. Escaping digestion in the small intestine, it passes to the large bowel for fermentation, and creates a beneficial short-chain fatty acid called butyrate. (It is believed that ) Butyrate blocks the body’s ability to burn carbohydrates. Instead the body burns both stored fat and recently consumed fat for energy---preventing it from ending up on your thighs.

It shuts down hunger hormones. Animal studies have found that resistant starch prompts the body to stimulate production of a satiety-inducing hormone, a peptide (PYY), which increases feelings of fullness. You eat less."


Apparently the trick is (that the FIRST article failed to mention) is that if these starches are cool they work even more efficiently.
The list of RS foods include:
Long Grain Brown Rice
Beans (black, navy, pinto, red Black-eyed peas, Garbanzo Beans, Edamame, etc)
banana (medium slightly under ripe)
Yams and Potatoes (small and cooked)
Hi-Maize Flour (King Arthur) *can be used along with any recipe calling for flour

read more about it here , here and here

The FIRST Magazine recommends consuming 20 grams of RS starch per day. 4 daily servings of 5 grams would work. So I'm going to give this a shot for two weeks, anything bigger than a 4lb weight loss I am going to attribute to my consumption of Resistant Starches.

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