In today’s Mark’s Daily Apple we find, Dear Mark: Resistant Starch, Zinc Deficiency, and Something New.
This is what it’s all about, folks. Changing your mind when exposed to new information.
Resistant starch is a starch that resists digestion by regular digestive enzymes, passing through to the colon for fermentation by gut flora. In a post way back in the day, I addressed resistant starch and lumped it in with other prebiotic fibers like inulin, with the reasoning being that while it was certainly helpful and important, it was not some essential, magical nutrient. It seems I underestimated it. Resistant starch offers some interesting properties unique among other prebiotics. [emphasis added]
Well there you go, and that’s why Mark enjoys the tremendous following he does. Honesty goes a long way with people. The great thing about being wrong or incomplete about something is that once you correct that, you’re closer to being right, which means better for yourself and better for those you’re influencing.
Mark adds, with a number of links to this blog:
Unmodified, raw potato starch is probably the easiest way to get resistant starch, since each tablespoon contains about 8 grams of RS. Richard Nikoley has spearheaded the promotion of resistant starch via unmodified potato starch as a way to approximate or emulate the ancestral microbiome over at his blog. He’s been covering the benefits and relaying lots of anecdotes from readers who’ve seen great improvements in sleep quality and blood sugar control, even when diabetic or while remaining in ketosis). He even came up with a way to make mashed potatoes that don’t spike your glucose. Interesting, compelling stuff.
Thank you, sir! So go check out the whole post and the references he links to. And for those interested in the whole collection of posts on the topic of Resistant Starch here, just hit the tag.