Recently, there has been attention brought to a newly recognized superfood — the tigernut. This small vegetable root was a staple in the Paleo diet many years ago, and today we are fortunate enough to understand its benefits, and appreciate it its sweet, nutty, taste. Among all of the outstanding benefits of the tigernut is the fact that it is a resistant starch food. Unlike regular starch, resistant starch has the power to improve your health in various ways, and can even contribute to weight loss. Although in the past many health and weight-loss diets tend to shy away from starches, lately attention has been drawn to the benefits of resistant starch diets — Here’s why.
Resistant starch functions much like soluble fiber, and boosts your prebiotic intake. This means resistant starch foods can:
Resistant starch travels through the digestive system like any other food, however, it never fully digests. Instead, resistant starch is able to nourish the probiotics that live in us, outnumbering the body’s cells 10 to 1! Nourishing the probiotics is important, and has an overall positive effect on our health. Most significantly, the process allows for the production of butyrate, making resistant starch its own class of superfood.
And because starches tend to be very filling foods, eating a resistant starch diet can lead to a reduction in appetite, preventing you from overeating.
Now that you’ve heard the benefits, you are likely wondering how to incorporate resistant starch into your diet. Potatoes and pasta probably come to mind, but how foods are prepared will also effect the level of resistant starch vs regular starch. Understanding this will allow you to optimize your resistant starch intake.
There are four types of resistant starch. Each contains, forms, or adds, resistant starch differently; knowing these differences will help you make the best choices when taking on a resistant starch diet.
Types of Resistant Starch
Tigernuts belong to the first type.
Despite its name, a tigernut is nut-free and is actually a small root vegetable originating in Northern Africa and the Mediterranean. As a type 1 resistant starch, it resists digestion because the starch it gets bound within the fibrous cell walls.
Research suggests that, thanks to resistant starch and other health benefits of tigernuts, it can be beneficial for those suffering from:
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