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When it comes to cooked rice, cooling it down also allows
resistant starch to form; fresh, hot, cooked rice has little to
no resistant starch. Lentils and beans (especially navy beans)
contain some available resistant starch when cooked, but they
will also form more as they cool down in the refrigerator, too.
Grains, nuts, and seeds contain some resistant starch, but potatoes, green bananas and plantains, and legumes contain more.
As for bananas and plantains, resistant starch is found in green
fruits. As the fruit yellows, the starch becomes plain starch
which feeds you more than your bacteria.
It’s Not about Roughage
For people who are on low-carbohydrate diets, such as for
weight loss, diabetes, or to control other health conditions, it is
vitally important to eat fiber, including resistant starch.
Unfortunately, when people think of
“fiber,” they think of “rough-
age.” It is so much more
than the “rough” mat-
ter in the vegetables
and fruits we need!
The roughage may be
the least important part
because the bacteria do not
create beneficial substances
from it! If our gut bacteria are not
fed properly, the integrity of the gastrointestinal tract can be
compromised, the colon cells will not receive the beneficial
substances formed by the bacteria, and the rest of the body’s
functions will be affected.
It’s a little confusing how bacteria living in our digestive tracts
can affect the neurons and myelin sheaths in our brains—or
how they can regulate our blood sugars and body size. But
research is proving this to be true, and science is backpedaling
as it realizes how far off base we have gotten in our modern
A diet rich in whole, real plant matter feeds us not only our vitamins and minerals, but also feeds our gut bacteria important
substances like resistant starch. Maybe health doesn’t come in
a pill after all. Eat whole. Eat real.
Dr. Terri Fites, married seventeen years to her high
school sweetheart, is a medical doctor and homes-
chooling mother of four. She graduated with honors,
first with her pharmacy degree from St. Louis Col-
lege of Pharmacy, and then with her medical degree
from Indiana University School of Medicine. She teaches chemistry
for her local homeschool co-op and blogs about the role of nutrition
and environment in health at TheHomeschoolingDoctor.com.
Terri Fites, MD