March 2013 Issue
Resistant Starch: A Fiber with Benefits
Just when you think you had soluble fiber and insoluble fiber figured out, here comes another type of fiber: natural resistant starch (RS.) While soluble fiber, found in oats and barley, lowers cholesterol, and insoluble fiber, found in wheat bran and fruit skins, has been linked with digestive benefits, RS appears to have its own unique benefits. This kind of fiber resists digestion in the small intestine and passes through to the large intestine, where it undergoes fermentation and leads to a number of health advantages, including potential glucose control, weight loss and digestive benefits.
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