Sunday, May 19, 2013
A fat-fighting ingredient you NEVER heard of (Eat this today!)
What if you could eat FOOD and burn fat? Well, you can.
Fact is, there are many foods that have fat-fighting properties, and today we're going to talk about one belly-blasting food in particular that you probably never even heard of.
I'm talking about: Resistant Starch.
Resistant starch (RS) is starch that escapes digestion and the small intestine and passes through the system while providing only HALF the calories of a typical carbohydrate. In fact, RS is now known as a third type of fiber, possessing numerous health and weight management properties.
First, resistant starch is low calorie and low glycemic, both great properties for those looking to shed some belly blubber. Even more, resistant starch has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity in healthy individuals, individuals with Type II diabetes, as well as insulin resistant individuals.
Second, resistant starch encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in the bowel, making it known as a "prebiotic fiber" that soothes the intestinal tract and aids in promoting regularity.
In addition to that, resistant starch has also been shown in numerous studies to increase fat oxidation and fatty acid metabolism.
But it doesn't stop there...consumption of resistant starch has also been shown to increase satiety and lower calorie intake automatically.
So yeah, you probably want to make sure you are adding this stuff to your meals.
But you're probably also wondering which foods contain resistant starch and how you can begin adding this powerful nutrient to your diet. Good question...here are some of the top foods:
1. Navy Beans (9.8g per 1/2 cup)
2. Bananas (4.7g per medium banana)
3. Yams (4g per 1/2 cup)
4. Lentils (2.5g per 1/2 cup)
Start the day with a banana and a protein shake, add some yams to your lunch, and incorporate some navy beans or lentils in your dinner meal...and voila, you've got 15+ grams of resistant starch right there.