Tag: fermentation

Resistant Starch and COVID-19

RS and COVID-19

In light of the current COVID-19 Pandemic, people are actively looking for dietary ingredients and supplements that support a healthy immune system. Resistant starch supports a healthy immune system, but we do not know how it might impact people with the COVID-19 virus. Resistant starch’s fermentation in the large intestine helps keep the intestinal barrier Read More …

RS and Cardiovascular Disease

The Gut Heart Axis

A huge discovery has been made by Dr. Francine Marques and her colleagues at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Australia. A new international study demonstrated that the lack of prebiotic fiber leads to hypertension and cardiovascular disease, (Kaye, et al. Circulation 2020). I was very happy to see that they utilized resistant starch Read More …

Kidney Health

Most people are not focused on their kidneys.  From a consumer wellness perspective, kidney health isn’t a “thing” at all.  It probably should be, given the rapid growth of kidney disease in older populations. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) currently affects 30 million American adults, (15% of US adults).  Adults with diabetes, high blood pressure or Read More …

Childrens Resistant Starch Yogurt Study

Resistant Starch Studied in Children

Children are battling weight gain and obesity as well as adults. They have fewer options, as pharmaceutical options are much more limited in children. A new pilot study was just published in F1000 Research that lays the groundwork for resistant starch-enriched yogurt to help address this problem. And because it was published by the Pennington Read More …

Raw Banana Starch – Yes or No?

Green bananas are rich in resistant starch

Raw Banana Flour is now being promoted as a natural source of resistant starch. At first glance, it seems to be an ideal ingredient for supplementation. Maybe, maybe not… There are a few caveats to consider: 1.  Under-ripe bananas are an excellent source of resistant starch, but as the bananas ripen, the starch naturally converts Read More …

South African Diet Swap

South African Diet Swap Food Picture

Many studies over the year have examined the resistant starch and dietary fiber consumed in Africa. The first comparison was by Burkett and Trowell, who hypothesized that dietary fiber may be responsible for the fact that Africans have significantly reduced risk of cancer than populations eating a Westernized diet.  This was called the “Fiber Gap”.  Read More …