18 Aug Why starches in your diet are important
Starch is a gut super-food, from Wellness Mama
Prebiotics are indigestible substances that pass through our gastrointestinal tract and promote the growth of good bacteria in our lower bowel. They are essentially sugars and fibers, short or long-chain carbohydrates, that act as “food” for our flora.
One of the easiest, cheapest and most potent ways to boost your prebiotic intake is through the consumption of resistant starch. Like other prebiotics, this starch passes through the upper digestive tract and stimulates good bacteria growth in the large intestine and colon. Additionally, resistant starch increases fermentation and the production of short-chain fatty acids like butyrate. Why is this important? Well, these acids lower the pH of our bowel, making it less hospitable for nasty pathogens and bad bacteria. Additionally, butyrate is the preferred fuel of the cells that line the colon.
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